Western Nevada College students have an opportunity to offer input on tuition and fee hike proposals for 2015-19 during a Nevada System of Higher Education hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the college.
Crystal Abba, NSHE vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, will make a presentation to WNC students at 9 a.m. in room 102 in the Reynolds Center for Technology on the Carson City campus. Students at WNCâ€™s Fallon campus can participate with interactive audio-video connection in Virgil Getto Hall room 308.
“I think it is really important for students to come out and voice their opinion about the tuition and fee increases for the next couple of years,â€ said WNC student body president Alejandra Leon.
The NSHE Tuition and Fees Committee is recommending a 4 percent annual registration fee increase for community colleges in 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. The committee is also advising a 2 percent hike in nonresident tuition for community colleges for 2017-18 and 2018-19.
In addition, the committee is proposing that tuition and fees are reset every four years. This would help support predictability in pricing, according to Renee Davis, NSHEâ€™s director of Student Affairs.
â€œThere are major factors that help predict whether or not school is even an opportunity for some students, and the biggest factor is affordability,â€ Leon said. The opportunity to weigh in on how tuition and fee increases will affect students is something worth stating, she said.
â€œAs a commuting, full time student, itâ€™s important to consider planning ahead for what it is going to cost me to go to school,â€ Leon said. â€œStudents are investing in their futures. We have an opportunity to voice our opinions of how these increases will effect our lives outside of this school.â€
Prior to implementing any changes, NSHE Chancellor Dan Klaich will bring together a system-wide committee of institutional presidents, business officers and student government leaders to consider adjustments to tuition and fee levels.
Committee members include Leon for WNC; R.J. Boyajian, University of Nevada, Reno; Deuvall Dorsey, Nevada State College; NSHE presidents and business officers; Mark Curtis, president of Great Basin College; Marc Johnson, president of UNR; Bart Patterson, president of Nevada State College; Gerry Bomotti, vice president at UNLV; Rachel Solemsaas, vice president at Truckee Meadows Community College; committee staff members Abba; Davis; and Vic Redding, NSHE vice chancellor for Finance and Administration.
The committee makes recommendations to the NSHE Board of Regents, followed by campus hearings in February to gather studentsâ€™ thoughts on the recommendations. Policy recommendations will be considered for approval during an NSHE Board of Regents meeting March 6-7. A final decision regarding tuition and registration fee proposals is set for June 5-6.