KCC tuition to increase 34% by 2016

LIHU‘E — A front-page story in Thursday’s edition of The Garden Island titled “UH tuition hikes approved” incorrectly stated that tuition costs would double for Kaua‘i Community College students.

Under the five-year plan approved Wednesday by the UH Board of Regents the tuition costs for community college students statewide will increase by an average of 6 percent annually. This will make the rate for the 2016-2017 academic year 34 percent higher than the 2011-2012 academic year.

KCC Chancellor Helen Cox said community college will remain affordable for students despite the increases.

Tuition for residents at UH community colleges will increase $60 per semester for the 2012-13 school year, $75 in 2013-14 and $120 in 2014-15. The rate increase will remain at $120 per semester for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years under the plan.

UH community college resident-students currently pay $97 per undergraduate credit hour for the 2011-12 academic year. The proposal would show a $4 increase in 2012-13, a $5 increase in 2013-14, and an $8 increase for each of the next three academic years.

An in-resident, full-time undergraduate student currently pays $1,515 per semester with 15 credits. At the end of the five-year tuition schedule in 2016-17, the cost per credit hour is $130 or $1,950 for 15 credits.

The five-year tuition schedule varies throughout the university system. A resident attending UH Manoa as an undergraduate in 2012-13 will pay an additional $132 per semester, increasing to an additional $396 per semester by 2016-17.

JD residents at the William S. Richardson School of Law will pay an additional $264 per semester next school year, jumping to an additional $624 per semester by 2016-17.

Visit  www.hawaii.edu/offices/app/tuition to access the entire UH schedule.

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