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Small tax base, lack of legislative funding PJC to raise tuition

Published or Revised March 24, 2015

After years of no or minimal tuition increases at Paris Junior College, the Board of Regents voted Monday to raise out-of-district and out-of-state tuition by $5 per credit hour for the 2015-2016 academic year. In-district tuition will remain the same.

“We are facing the possibility of no increase in funding from the state,” explained PJC President Dr. Pam Anglin. “Current appropriation bills have minimal or no funding increases and this won’t offset the years of budget cuts we have received.”

Additionally, the average number of Texas community college students residing in their taxing district is 65 percent while the average for PJC students living in district is only 15 percent. Despite serving five counties, PJC’s taxing district is the city limits of Paris and the former Cunningham school district. The increase would bring in approximately $400,000 in more revenue. Even with the increase, PJC tuition will still fall below the state average.

“If PJC were successful in an annexation election,” said Dr. Anglin, “the number of students living in district would be 95 to 96 percent.”

To provide more assistance to students, the PJC Memorial Foundation will contribute $1 million in scholarships for the second year in a row.

In other business, the Regents:

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