CASC regents approve tuition increase

Carl Albert State College regents meet Tuesday at the college in Poteau.
Trayce Kerbow

An eight percent across-the-board tuition increase was approved by the Carl Albert State College Board of Regents on Tuesday [June 7, 2016] in Poteau.

The increase was due to the state cutting 16 percent from higher education this year, regents were told.

Students will see an increase from $105.05 to $113.45 per credit hour.

The regents voted to continue with the concurrent enrollment process, which allows high school seniors who qualify to attend classes during their senior year and CASC will waive their tuition up to six hours.

"I believe this is a very important recruiting tool for the college, with the majority of those seniors returning for the next three or four semesters," CASC President Garry Ivey said.

However, concurrent enrollment is expected to be down approximately 30 percent due to the budget cuts.

The total budget for the 2017 fiscal year is estimated at $29.1 million, a reduction of 19.42 percent from last year's budget.

Meals provided by the food services department at the college will see about an 11-cent increase per meal.

See a full article on the meeting in our June 9, 2016, paper.