Blinn board approves 2019-2020 tuition rates and a new Trades and Applied Technology degree

Current Blinn students save 42 percent in tuition and fees compared to the average state university

March 20, 2019

The Blinn College District Board of Trustees set new tuition rates for the 2019-2020 academic year and approved the launch of a new Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Trades and Applied Technology during its regular March meeting Tuesday night.

Under the new rates, in-district tuition will be $55 per credit hour, out-of-district tuition will be $112 per credit hour, and the non-resident tuition rate for students from outside the State of Texas will be $272 per credit hour. The new general fee will be $67 per credit hour.

The $1 per credit hour tuition increase and $3 per credit hour general fee increase are projected to generate an additional $1,579,886.

“These rates will allow Blinn to expand its programs and services so that students continue to receive a first-class educational experience that prepares them to transfer to four-year universities at a rate unmatched by any other community college in the State of Texas,” said Dr. Mary Hensley, Chancellor of the Blinn College District.

With the new rates, Blinn remains one of the state’s best higher education values. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s CollegeForAllTexans.com, out-of-district students who enrolled in 30 credit hours during the 2018-19 academic year saved 42 percent compared to state residents at the average Texas public university.

In addition to its low tuition and fees, Blinn invites current and prospective students to apply for approximately $270,000 in endowed scholarships available for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students can apply for Blinn scholarships today by completing the application at www.blinn.edu/scholarships. College officials recommend that students submit their application and letter(s) of recommendation by April 1 to be considered for the first round of awards. Students will be notified of scholarship awards beginning in May.

In other business, the board approved a new AAS Degree in Trades and Applied Technology that will align with current workforce demands, industry certifications, and related Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science (BAAS) and Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) awards offered through articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities.

Through the proposed program, students could pursue AAS degrees in carpentry, construction management, construction safety, electrical, facility maintenance, HVAC, industrial mechanics and maintenance with a mechanical specialization, Lineman Academy, plumbing, surveying site layout, and water purification. Each degree was selected and developed in partnership with local industry, and leads to a high-wage, high-demand career identified on the Workforce Solutions Targeted Occupations Lists.

The new degree aligns with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 60x30TX Higher Education Plan, which includes four primary goals to achieve by 2030:

  • at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree;
  • at least 550,000 students in that year will complete a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, or master’s from an institution of higher education in Texas;
  • all graduates from Texas public institutions of higher education will have completed programs with identified marketable skills;
  • and undergraduate student loan debt will not exceed 60 percent of first-year wages for graduates of Texas public institutions.

The board also authorized Blinn to award a construction contract to Ally Roofing Services, LLC, for replacement of the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center roof.

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