CMC dorm rates to go up 3.8 percent |

CMC dorm rates to go up 3.8 percent

RIFLE, Colo. – Room and board at Colorado Mountain College’s residential campuses will be going up slightly for the 2010-11 academic year.

CMC’s Board of Trustees, meeting at the Rifle Campus on April 5, approved a 3.8 percent dormitory rate increase beginning with the fall 2010 semester.

That translates to a $140 per semester increase for the most popular room-and-board plan, which includes double occupancy and 19 meals, according to CMC Executive Vice President Lin Stickler. Currently, the plan costs $3,700 per semester. It will increase to $3,840 beginning with the fall semester.

CMC has three residential campuses within its seven-county service area, including the Glenwood Springs Spring Valley campus, as well as in Steamboat Springs and Leadville.

“Even with this modest increase, our cost for room and board keeps us among the more affordable options in the state,” Brad Bankhead, vice president of student affairs for the college, told the trustees at the April 5 meeting.

CMC’s charges for room and board remain within the least-expensive third, relative to other colleges in Colorado, he said.

In addition to the room-and-board increase, the CMC board also approved new course fees of $100 for the nurse aide certificate program, and $250 for the emergency medical technician program. Those fees will also take effect for the 2010-11 academic year.

The program-specific course fees would help to cover the increasing costs of providing clinical internships, which are required by the state of Colorado and national accrediting agencies, according to Stickler.

“The fees are due to the growing cost of providing clinical internships,” she said. “This just helps us to recoup some of that cost.”

Over the next several months, the trustees will be considering the budget for the college’s 2010-11 academic year, looking at ways to mitigate the effects of what is expected to be a large decrease in state funding.

As a special taxing district, CMC mostly relies on local property taxes for its funding, and is not part of the state’s community college system. A small portion of CMC’s funding still comes from the state, however.

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