Weatherford Democrat

February 13, 2014

WC trustees considering slight tuition hike


Weatherford Democrat

— By SALLY SEXTON



Weatherford College trustees discussed a possible change in tuition rates and fees during Thursday afternoon’s meeting.

Andra Cantrell, vice president of financial and administrative affairs, revealed recommendations brought forth by Tuition Advisory Committee members as well as cabinet members for potential tuition increases for the 2014-15 school year.

Cantrell recommended a fee of $80 per semester hour for in-district students, an increase of $4, $124 per hour for out-of-district students, and increase of $6, and a $3 increase for out-of-state students to $176.

“We look at a couple of things, including the rates that area schools such as Tarrant County and Gainesville are charging,” Cantrell said.

Other fees recommended included an increase from $10 to $20 for missing library books and charging 10 cents per page for black and white printed pages and 15 cents for colored pages.

“In the past, we hadn’t really been charging, except for copying, but with everyone using computers and our labs now, we’ve decided to recommend a fee for printed pages,” Cantrell said.

Other recommendations included an increase from $20 to $50 for replacing lost house keys and increasing the room and board fee $25 more a semester.

“Part of the reason for the room and board increase is due to an increase in utilities and things of that nature,” Cantrell said.

Consideration of increasing differential special program tuition was also discussed. WC President Kevin Eaton said that while students in the nursing program pay around $3,000 per year, students at other schools, including the University of Texas at Arlington charge around $9,000.

The board is expected to make a decision to accept or decline the recommendations at next month’s meeting.

In other news, the board:

• Approved the naming of classroom 107 in the Don Allen Health Science Building to the Carol Eppright Classroom, in honor of Eppright’s $40,000 donation toward scholarship funding. Eppright is an economics professor at the college.

• Heard an update from Jarrett Jones, of Steele and Freeman, on the Don Allen Health Science Building regarding installation of air conditioning units, windows, masonry work and indoor painting and texturing. Jones said the elevator would be added and installed in the next week or two, and the project as a whole was on schedule.

• Heard a report from WC President Kevin Eaton on enrollment numbers, including a 105-student yearly increase from last year and a 7.1 percent increase in online enrollment.

“By looking at these numbers, this tells us the direction that classes are going in, with more and more students taking online classes,” Eaton said.

Eaton also recognized Lela Morris, for her work with the GED graduation ceremony Dec. 16, as well as the volunteers from the 20th annual Coyote Chase Race, held Jan. 18.