DODGE CITY, Kansas – This school year Ford County student tuition at Dodge City Community College dropped from $35 per credit hour to $30. This week the Board of Trustees voted to drop it another $5 for the 2016-17 school year.
“We’ve got to take care of our own people if we can, we’re paying for it they might as well take advantage of it,” said Trustee Don Webb.
The decrease is possible because of steady growth in enrollment.
“We know we have a certain enrollment we need to maintain to make sure we make the budget,” said Executive Vice President of College Affairs Danny Gillum.
Plus, the growing DC3 Foundation will help bring money into the school through other avenues.
“Look for ways to be innovative to bring other money into the campus to offset any shortfalls that we may have,” Gillum said.
On top of a lower tuition rate in-county students can now apply for a $500 Ford County Divisional Scholarship if they have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
While state budget cuts have put a strain on secondary education, Trustee Floris Jean Hampton said that didn’t keep them from offering more to in-county students.
“We have a history of getting cuts, you really can’t depend on that from one year to the next,” she said.
Hampton said a big priority is making sure Ford County residents have access to an affordable education.
“That’s the people we serve and that’s the way we intend to keep serving them,” she said.
That is something that in-county students certainly appreciate.
“I think that’s awesome I would’ve loved it for me, so yes definitely I think that’s a great idea!” said second year student Cheyenne Conrardy.