FARMINGTON — The San Juan College Board of Trustees has approved a tuition increase beginning in the fall semester.
The college announced the adjustment in a news release on March 2, saying it had been approved by the board a day earlier.
Tuition for New Mexico residents will increase from $52 per credit hour to $56 per credit hour, while the new rate for non-residents is $178 per credit hour, an increase of $14.
There are no changes to overhead, which is the rate the college charges for things like technology, building use, and parking.
“Our goal is and remains to provide our students with affordable access to the training and education they need to succeed,” said Ed DesPlas, executive vice president of the college. “San Juan College remains one of the most affordable colleges in the nation, with our tuition and residence costs being half the national average for two-year public colleges.”
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The tuition adjustment is part of a policy the board implemented in 2018, the statement said.
According to the policy, there will be a tuition increase every two years and the adjustment is based on the consumer price index and the sum of state funding, property tax revenue and revenue from oil and gas production.
The last tuition adjustment took effect in the fall of 2020, DesPlas said.
He added that students will be notified of tuition changes through the college’s website and registration system, as well as through email and social media.
The college has its main campus in Farmington and the east campus in Aztec and the west campus in Kirtland.
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College officials remind students that there are several resources for financial aid through federal and state funding, including New Mexico Lottery scholarships and scholarships through the San Juan College Foundation. .
These resources can be viewed at the Financial Aid Lab inside the Financial Aid Office, located on the first floor of the Farmington Campus Educational Services Center, the statement said.
Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for the Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at [email protected]
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