The Prescott Pioneer Stories by Ray Newton
Enrollment increases and growth within the Yavapai College system prompted the college’s Governing Board members to consider requesting a 3% increase in the county property tax levy to support the college’s growth.
The request was announced during the Nov. 16 board workshop. Chairwoman Deb McCasland said the board was emphatic in supporting the stated college strategic plan of providing accessible and affordable educational opportunities to county residents.
YC operates six campuses and centers within the county. The college offers more than 100 degrees or certificate programs. It also provides community services and cultural and recreational activities at several locations.
Tyler Rumsey, YC director of marketing, said the Governing Board is planning a budget for the coming year, but will not approve final figures until its May meeting. During that public meeting, the board will review and vote on budget numbers presented by college officials.
Rumsey said the college was optimistic about enrollment figures for the year to date. He said fall enrollment had increased 6.5 % over the previous year. Predictions are that future enrollments will increase.
Currently, about 7,400 students are enrolled; about 23% are fulltime. State data indicates YC was one of only three community colleges in the state to experience enrollment increase this past fall.
College Sets Tuition for 2022-23
Taking pride in keeping its tuition low, the YC Governing Board approved tuition and fees for the coming academic year during its October meeting.
• In-state tuition: Tier 1 (base) $98 per credit; Tier 2 (lab) $113 per credit; Tier 3 (career-technical education) $126 per credit.
• Western Undergraduate Exchange: Tier 1 (base) $147 per credit; Tier 2 (lab) $170 per credit; Tier 3 (career-technical education) $188.
• Senior discounts for credit classes: 50% (previously 25 %).
The board reduced tuition by 50% for online concurrent high school students for the coming academic year.
President Lisa Rhine said higher education gives students a significant jumpstart in meeting their career goals. YC officials are pleased the college offers affordable online options in Arizona. YC’s tuition is 40% below the national average for community colleges. More information about Yavapai College at www.yc.edu.