ERIC Number: ED164081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-28
Reference Count: 0
Student Tuition and Fees and Colorado's Community Junior Colleges.
Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, Denver.
In response to legislative examination of student tuition and fees in Colorado postsecondary education, this paper outlines the position of the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education on the policy issues of expense base, sector pricing, and unit pricing. The State Board's Policy BP 4-20, reprinted in the document, stresses the relation of lower-range tuition costs to the aim of maintaining open-door access to education without discrimination. As such, the State Board annually reviews and approves tuition rates and policies to insure that such costs do not pose a barrier to student access to education. The Board agrees with the current definition of the expense base, which refers to those costs included in the calculation of tuition costs. However, it does not believe that special purpose programs (sponsored programs directed toward specific clienteles) should, in the interests of equity, be included in calculating tuition rates. The Board also agrees with the concept of sector pricing, which allows for uniform tuition charges for Colorado resident students regardless of the size and location of the college, but opposes the increase in the cost basis from 20% to 22.5% of cost in establishing tuition rates. This increase blurs the distinction between two- and four-year colleges and may ultimately impose financial access barriers. In regard to unit pricing, the Board endorses a change in the definition of a full-time student to 15 credit hours per term, with part-time students assessed at 1/15 of the full-time rate for each credit hour. This would provide equity between full- and part-time students. Finally, the Board opposes the tuition surcharge assessed against students enrolling for more than 18 credit hours, since it unfairly discriminates against occupational students. (MB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, Denver.