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March 30, 2018

The San Juan College Board of Trustees approved a modest tuition increase that will be implemented beginning the fall semester of 2018. Tuition has not been increased for the past three years.

Resident tuition will increase by $3 per credit hour, from $46 to $49 per credit hour, with non-resident tuition increasing by $9 per credit hour, from $146 to $155 per credit hour, still making San Juan College one of the most affordable colleges in the nation. The 18 credit-hour cap on the assessment of tuition each semester will be eliminated. General fees will not increase. The new tuition rate was approved at the March 13, Board of Trustees meeting.

“Higher education institutions across the nation are facing circumstances that are also requiring increases,” said Ed DesPlas, San Juan College executive vice president. “Over the past several years, we have faced cuts from state funding, as well as decreases in oil and gas production tax revenue. Our students, faculty, staff and community are our top priority – ensuring financial sustainability keeps our attention on that priority.”

This is the first step in a developing a tuition revenue management strategy and policy. “It will allow us to manage and predict tuition in a proactive rather than reactive manner,” DesPlas said. ‘It also allows students to plan and anticipate changes in tuition.”

“The good news is that SJC’s resident tuition and fees are one-half the average for national public two-year colleges,” he continued, “and education at San Juan College is definitely an extremely affordable option.”

There are a range of resources for student financial assistance through federal and state funding, state lottery scholarships, as well as scholarships available through the San Juan College Foundation.

San Juan College’s Financial Aid office is available to advise and assist students in securing the funding to complete their educational goals.

“Students on full Pell grant, which is a federally funded resource, will find that going to SJC is free,” DesPlas added.

Find out more about the Pell Grant or other financial aid options when San Juan College hosts a Spring Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Fiesta Wednesday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Suns Room 1019 on the Farmington campus. During the event, new students, current students and anyone considering college will be able to fill out their FAFSA with the assistance of the San Juan College Financial Aid Department staff.

For more information about the event, visit http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/FAFSAFiesta or call 505-566-3564.


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