From Staff Reports
Students at New River Community and Technical College will be paying higher fees and tuition rates for the 2013-2014 academic year, college officials announced.
Tuition will increase from $3,234 to $3,460 per year for in-state students taking 12 or more hours per semester. The per-credit-hour increase is $9.43.
Students can take more than 12 hours at no additional cost.
A new reduced nonresident tuition rate will be implemented next year, which will allow students in Virginia counties that border West Virginia to pay $4,795 per year, rather than paying the full $7,672 nonresident tuition rate.
“Although we would prefer not to raise tuition, this increase is essential to keep our budget at its current level. It will not provide any additional funding for programs or services,” noted New River President L. Marshall Washington.
NRCTC is part of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System. The school serves nine counties in southern and south-central West Virginia from five campuses, Summers-ville, Beckley, Lewisburg, Ghent and Mercer County.
New River’s Board of Governors voted to recommend the increase to help offset the loss of $472,914 in operating funds that will result from a 7.5 percent cut in the college’s state appropriation for the fiscal year that begins July 1, according to Barbara Elliott, NRCTC director of public relations.