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WC board approves unchanged tuition rates for 2015-16

Tuition rates for Weatherford College students will remain unchanged for the 2015-16 academic year following approval from the WC Board of Trustees during their meeting Thursday afternoon.

WC’s in-district tuition of $80 per credit hour sits right at the state average for the state’s community college districts.

“We have to remain affordable for students in our service area,” said Andra Cantrell, Vice President of Financial and Administrative Affairs. “Keeping tuition rates flat for another year keeps us at the state average, and that’s been our goal.”

Differential tuition for selected allied health programs will increase from $20 to $40 per credit hour. This additional cost was added to several programs this past academic year due to higher program costs.

A $50 increase in room and board charges was also approved to cover the rising cost of food and supplies.

In his President’s Report, Dr. Kevin Eaton told the Board that House Bill 1, the first version of the state’s budget for the next two years, includes a cut of more than $80,000 in funding to WC. Eaton said WC fared much better than all of the other schools in its peer group, and that the numbers could change somewhat before the final version is approved by the governor.
Eaton also reported:

  • Enrollment for the Spring 2015 semester is flat compared with this time last year. As of count day there were 5,229 students enrolled college-wide compared with 5,237 this time last year.
  • Notices of employee resignations from ADN Nursing Instructor Lisa Webster and Economics Professor Carol Eppright who will retire after 40 years with WC.

In other business the board approved:

  • Lab fees for new developmental math courses and a new phlebotomy course.
  • The 2015-16 academic calendar.
  • An order of election for Place 3, Place 4 and Place 5 on the Board of Trustees. Early voting is April 27 through May 5, and Election Day is May 9.