MANDATE RAISES COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT ENROLLMENT FEES
FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW
who showed up for the first day of classes yesterday at Orange
Coast, Golden West and Coastline community colleges are paying
more for each unit than they did last year.
because for the second year in a row the State has mandated an
increase in community college student enrollment fees – from
$18 a unit to $26 a unit, an increase of 44 percent.
fee increase went into effect with the passage of the state budget
in July. Last year, the state increased student enrollment fees more
than 60 percent – from $11 a unit to $18 a unit.
The new, $26-per-unit fee is now in effect for community college students
a full time student taking 15 units, the enrollment fee increase will
add another $120 to the cost of attending a community college
this semester. That is an increase from $270 a semester to $390.
enrollment fees at California community colleges are set at the state
level by the Legislature, and are the same at all 109
community colleges in
the state. Local colleges will not keep the revenue generated by the fee increase.
Instead, the additional revenue must be sent back to the state’s general
fund to help offset a $38 billion state budget shortfall.
Students at Orange Coast College, Golden West College and Coastline Community
College who have already enrolled and paid $18-per-unit fees for the fall 2004
semester will be billed for the increase in fees. Students who sign up for
classes today will be charged $26 per unit.
To help offset the fee increases, the state budget passed in July also set
aside $38 million earmarked for financial aid outreach to community college
students statewide. Students can access more information about how to access
financial aid by going to www.icanaffordcollege.com.
The Coast Community College District is the seventh largest community
college district in the nation in credit enrollment, serving 55,000
students each semester. The
district is comprised of Coastline Community College headquartered in
Fountain Valley, Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Orange Coast
College in Costa Mesa, and KOCE-TV, the districtís public broadcasting