By William Croyle
Gateway Community and Technical College will raise its tuition by 23 percent for the 2003-2004 school year, with officials citing almost $8 million in state budget cuts over the last two years as a root cause.
The rate will increase from $64 to $79 per credit hour.
Gateway is part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, a network of 62 campuses across the state.
"We find ourselves in a situation where we're growing, but the state help is not there," said Gateway President Edward Hughes.
He said the increase restores state budget cuts "and allows us to improve the quality of our school."
Hughes said students will see direct results of the increase with the addition of eight or nine new faculty members.
Those new members will teach new courses in areas such as general education, nursing, and information technology.
The increase still keeps Gateway's cost less than similar schools in the nation.
"The Council on Postsecondary Education compares us with nine other state technical colleges, and our rates for next year are about what their rates are for this year," said Ken Walker, college system vice president of finance.
Three of those benchmark states are Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.
The school will have a maximum tuition rate per semester of $1,185 (equal to 15 credit hours). Students can take more than 15 credit hours in a semester and still pay $1,185.
Gateway has campuses in Covington, Edgewood and Highland Heights, with a fourth campus in Boone County scheduled to open in 2004. Gateway has 2,500 students in 28 programs.
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