ERIC Number: ED431477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Tuition in Arizona Community Colleges.
This document's purpose was to provide a broader context for State Board members as they considered the tuition rate requests for Arizona community college in April of 1997. Arizona's State Constitution calls for public higher education to be as nearly free as possible, yet tuition has become an increasingly important source of revenue for the community college districts in Arizona. After outlining the findings of the State Higher Education Executive Officers related to the national perspective on college costs, the report discusses the basic sources of community college funding in Arizona, recent changes in tuition in the state community colleges, factors influencing college funding, and the district tuition request form. The three basic sources of funding for operations are property taxes (the largest single source), equalization aid, operating state aid, tuition and fees, and other sources, including gifts, grants, and fund balances. In-state tuition at Arizona community colleges, which was $764 in 1995-96, was the fifth lowest in the country, even after a 27% increase between 1991-92 and 1995-96. Three factors controlling community college funding were outlined: levy limits imposed by the constitution, expenditure limits, and state aid appropriations. Finally, the report provides detailed information on the significance of the different sections of the summary form that accompanies district requests for tuition and fee approval. Contains 6 tables. (CAK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Arizona State Board of Directors for Community Colleges, Phoenix.