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DCCCD Tuition Will Increase


For immediate release - Oct. 10, 2006

(DALLAS) – The Dallas County Community College District will implement a $3-per-semester-credit-hour tuition increase in spring 2007; students will pay $39 per semester credit hour – an amount that continues to place the system among colleges that offer the lowest tuition rates in the state, thanks to the support of taxpayers in DCCCD’s service area. 

Enrollment continues to grow at the district’s seven colleges; that increase requires additional financial support. More funds also are needed to add more full-time faculty and for increased costs related to utilities, upgrades in information and instructional technologies, general operations and other factors, according to Ed DesPlas, DCCCD’s vice chancellor for business affairs. Based on fall 2006 enrollment numbers, the district now serves more than 64,000 credit and 25,000 continuing education students. 

For Dallas County residents, a three-hour credit course at any of the district’s seven colleges in Dallas County now will cost a total of $117; the same cost at area public universities is triple to quadruple that amount, plus fees, which DCCCD does not charge its students. Those students who live outside Dallas County or who are out-of-state/out-of-country residents will pay a higher tuition rate, as they do now.

Members of the DCCCD board of trustees approved the tuition increase during their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Press contact: Ann Hatch, 214-860-2478