Tuition rates to remain unchanged at SSHEC, PJC
PJC Information Services

Aug. 4, 2005 -- While many colleges and universities in Texas are increasing tuition for the upcoming fall semester, the cost per credit hour at Paris Junior College will remain unchanged.

“The administration and board of regents felt it was important not to increase tuition this year,” said PJC President Dr. Pamela Anglin. “It is vital for us to keep costs at a level where all people can afford to attend college.”

Since the Legislature gave universities the authority two years ago to set their own tuition rates, education costs have steadily increased. Community and junior colleges, however, remain affordable, Anglin said.

No tuition increase this year places PJC below the state average in both in-district and out-of-district tuition rates. Students living in-district will pay $35 per credit hour, and out-of- district students will pay $57 per credit hour.

Compared to universities, PJC’s tuition and fees are less than half, according to a recent survey.

Based on enrolling in 15 credit hours, students will pay $1,917 in tuition and fees at Texas A&M University-Commerce, while at PJC campuses in Sulphur Springs, Paris and Greenville, the cost for the same number of credit hours will be $645 for in-district students and $975 for out-of-district students.

“We are pleased that we can keep our cost below the state average and within the economic means of our students,” Anglin said.

Paris Junior College enrolled more than 4,200 students in the fall of 2004 at its three campuses. Officials hope to match or exceed that number this fall. Students have been enrolling all summer on the PJC Web site at www.parisjc.edu.

PJC-Sulphur Springs Higher Education Center is offering an even longer list of academic programs that make it a perfect place to earn an associate degree in preparation for university transfer. Strong technical and vocation programs on the schedule this year will prepare students for better job opportunities, according to Director Dr. Linda Bennett. On-campus enrollment will be conducted in the Sulphur Springs Center on Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration will continue through Aug. 25 during regular school hours.

“Students who need to make application or have admission questions should call us as quickly as possible,” said Bennett. “We have counselors and admissions people who can help new students through the process.”

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