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MHCC board approves tuition decrease for fall term

In an effort to help offset the growing costs related to higher education, the Mount Hood Community College Board of Education has reduced the cost of tuition beginning fall 2015.

The college Board of Education on Wednesday Sept. 9, took the action to reduce tuition by $1.50 per credit hour. The action saves the typical full-time MHCC student about $20 per quarter.

Additionally, the board also voted to enact a tuition pledge program. This program will maintain the now-reduced tuition rate of $94 per credit hour for up to the next four years for students who have enrolled this fall, stay enrolled through the length of the program and maintain certain criteria.

In this manner, students will now be able to consistently budget for the costs while attending MHCC without worrying about rising tuition.

“The MHCC Board of Education believes that one of the biggest hurdles for students is the rising cost of tuition,” said MHCC Board Chair Susie Jones. “More than half of our students require financial aid to attend college, and a large group is also working full- or part-time jobs while attending. We need to do everything we can to help these student populations finish their degrees and advance in their higher education and career plans.”

The tuition savings were possible in part by the college administration enacting cost savings measures, as well as an increase in state support. Both the tuition reduction and pledge go into effect immediately, beginning with the fall 2015 quarter.

Students who have already paid for their fall tuition will be refunded the difference. Complete details about the programs will be posted by on the college’s website by the start of the fall quarter.

There is still time to register for the fall 2015 quarter at MHCC, which starts Monday, Sept. 21. Registration information and the fall schedule of classes can be found online at www.mhcc.edu or call 503-491-7393.