CMC students to see tuition hike |

CMC students to see tuition hike

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Students attend Colorado Mountain College for multiple reasons. Affordability is one of them.

But, beginning with the coming summer semester, students will be paying slightly more for their education. The CMC board of trustees has voted to increase tuition fees for the next school year.

“As anyone knows who’s been looking into colleges, tuition across the country has been skyrocketing in recent years,” said CMC director of public relations Debra Crawford.

Despite the increase in tuition, CMC tuition will still be relatively affordable when compared to the rest of the state’s universities and colleges. Overall, the increase will be 3.5 percent, which equals about $2 per credit hour for in-district students.

Comparing the increase to other state educational institutions, for the current academic school year, CMC still has the lowest in-state tuition of any public college in Colorado, according to Crawford.

“We don’t expect any impact on students not wanting to come to CMC,” said Lin Stickler, CMC executive vice president. “We have an ever increasing amount of scholarship opportunities, especially for in-district students, that there should be no reason for students to not go to CMC.”

The CMC Board of Trustees reviews tuition increases each year. The reason for the increase this year, according to Stickler, is that each student is required to pay a certain percentage of their education costs. With rising operation costs and increase in resources as the college grows, the tuition has to increase as well, she said.

CMC, headquartered in Glenwood Springs, has campuses across western Colorado, including one in Aspen.