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Blinn board approves general fee, tuition rate adjustments

Rates will generate approximately $715,000 in 2016-17

April 19, 2016

The Blinn College Board of Trustees approved adjustments to the 2016-17 general fee and tuition rates that will generate approximately $715,000 in additional revenue during the upcoming fiscal year.

2016-17 TUITION & GENERAL FEES
Students Category Tuition Rate General Fee Tuition Revenue General Fee Revenue Auxiliary General Fees
623 In-District $50 $51 $670,950 $581,714 $102,655
18,082 Out-of-District $107 $51 $40,541,016 $16,424,795 $2,898,493
665 Out-of-State $260 $51 $3,822,000 $637,245 $112,455
19,370 TOTAL     $45,083,116 $17,643,753 $3,113,604
2015-16 TUITION & GENERAL FEES
Students Category Tuition Rate General Fee Tuition Revenue General Fee Revenue Auxiliary General Fees
623 In-District $48 $46 $644,107 $508,935 $89,812
4,338 In-Service Area $102 $46 $9,881,564 $3,543,755 $625,368
13,744 Out-of-Service Area $117 $46 $32,995,116 $11,227,611 $1,981,343
665 Out-of-State $200 $46 $2,939,929 $543,245 $95,867
19,370

TOTAL

 

 

$46,509,866

$15,823,546

$2,792,390

CHANGE/IMPACT
Students Category Tuition Rate General Fee Tuition + General Fee Annual Increase* Semester Costs*
623 In-District 4.17% 10.87% 7.45% $168 $1,212
4,338 In-Service 4.90% 10.87% 6.76% $240 $1,896
13,744 Out-of-Service Area -8.55% 10.87% -3.07% $-120 $1,896
665 Out-of-State 30% 10.87% 26.42% $1,560 $3,732
* Assumes 12 credit hours per semester

The board approved a $51 general fee, a $50 in-district tuition for students who officially reside within Blinn’s taxing district of Washington County, a $107 out-of-district tuition for Texas residents outside of Washington County, and a $260 tuition rate for students from outside the state.

The general fee represents a $5 increase over the previous fiscal year. The new in-district tuition rate is a $2 increase, while the out-of-district tuition decreased $10 and the out-of-state rate increased $60 compared to last year.

Blinn eliminated the $102 in-service area tuition rate it piloted last year for students residing inside the service area but outside the taxing district.

In Fall 2015, Blinn enrolled 18,082 out-of-district students, 623 in-district students and 665 out-of-state students. Status as in-district, out-of-district or out-of-state is determined by the students’ full-time residency and not the campus they attend.

The tuition and general fee adjustments are expected to generate an additional $714,671, representing approximately 0.67 percent of Blinn’s projected 2016-17 budget. The additional funds would help pay for a proposed cost-of-living pay increase for Blinn employees.

Due to its relatively small tax base, Blinn relies upon tuition and fees for operating revenue. Of the state’s 50 community college districts, Blinn is the only district in the state that relies upon tuition and fees for more than 55 percent of its annual operating budget.

Blinn’s tax rate, paid only by Washington County citizens, is expected to yield approximately $1.64 million. By law, Blinn tax revenue must be utilized for facilities and maintenance in Washington County.