Sonal Dhiman
Staff Writer

Full-time students at LCCC can take advantage of the tuition lock guarantee when they enroll in fall 2014 and spring 2015. The District Board of Trustees, in a board meeting on March 27, adopted the tuition lock guarantee proposal that assures full-time students (both current and new) a per credit hour rate of $118.34.

Students taking advantage of the tuition lock guarantee will have to maintain continuous enrollment of 12 credit hours in fall and spring semesters for three years or until they complete their degree, whichever comes first. Students will be required to commit to an academic plan with an LCCC Success Coach and sign a completion pledge.

Vice President for Strategic and Institutional Development, Tracy Green, said, “This proposal is to help students connect to an academic plan that would ensure that they get their degrees in a time-bound manner. The students will be better prepared for the job market if they get their degrees on time.”

In light of the recent tuition hike and decreasing hours of the administrative staff, this move is directed towards maximizing the revenue for the college. “For a community college, the state subsidy and any financial support is based on student ability to perform well, complete their degree in a timely manner and taking a decent amount of course load in a semester”, said Green. She further asserted, “This is a pilot program, so we will learn on the way. We will depend a lot from student feedback.”

Dr. Roy Church, president of LCCC said, “In today’s economy it is important to complete a degree to compete for the available career options.” He highlighted the importance of  “keeping the momentum going when working on a degree.”

The tuition guarantee is a part of LCCC’s ‘Our Promise’ initiative to the community. Green mentioned, “We made a commitment to serve the community, this move is in conjunction with that promise. The community supported us by passing Issue 2, and we will help them acquire jobs in an economy where 60 percent of jobs will require post secondary education by 2018.”

The move is schedule to go into effect during fall 2014 semester for newly enrolled students as well as those currently enrolled part-time.