York Technical College students should plan to spend a few extra bucks in the fall.
Tuition for York County residents will increase by $60 per semester, bringing tuition to $1,554. That is a less than 4 percent increase.
"That's a relatively small amount, but we realize that any dollar increase added to a budget that might already be stressed is a serious issue," college President Greg Rutherford said. "Limiting that impact as much as we can was a big concern to us."
York Tech did not increase tuition last year. The lagging economy and state budget cuts forced school officials to do so this year. York Tech will get 3 percent less from the state next school year, or about $258,000.
The funding cuts were coupled with increased enrollment. Rutherford said York Tech tends to get more students any time the economy takes a turn for the worse. More students mean higher demand for classes, more instructors, more lab materials and more support services. But that means increased costs, he said.
The full impact of the tuition increase won't become clear until lottery tuition rates are announced later this summer.
"A student should never have to not come to college and pursue their higher education over that size of a tuition increase," Rutherford said.
"We encourage all of our students or potential students to come talk to us, to tell us about their personal situation, to allow us to find help for them. The vast majority of the time, there is assistance in some way shape or form to come to college."
Here's a glance at how much will it cost per semester to attend York Technical College in 2008-2009:
York County residents: $1,554
Out-of-county students: $1,728
Out-of-state students: $3,576