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CNM Tuition Won't Rise; Fee Added

By Martin Salazar
Journal Staff Writer
       The good news: Most students at Central New Mexico Community College won't pay more for tuition during the upcoming academic year.
    The bad news: They'll begin paying a $3-per-credit-hour technology fee, raising the cost of attending the state's largest community college by $36 a semester for a student taking 12 credit hours.
    CNM's governing board approved the new tuition and fee rates Tuesday.
    The board also approved a $187 million budget for the college, which enrolls close to 25,000 students.
    Because of statewide budget cuts, the budget the governing board approved includes no salary increases.
    According to a CNM news release, this is the third year the school's governing board has not increased in-district tuition, which is $41 per credit hour.
    Out-of-district students will continue to pay $51 per credit hour.
    The new fee will support CNM's technology infrastructure, including wireless access, computer labs, and upgrades to classroom technology.
    CNM, meanwhile, will reduce the $30-per-credit-hour technology fee now charged to distance-learning students to the $3 all students will begin paying.
    Changes will also go into effect for out-of-district students taking career, technical and college prep courses, which are currently free for all students.
    Beginning in August, out-of-district students will be charged tuition for those classes.





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