CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — As West Virginia colleges and universities try to account for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's 7.5 percent budget cuts, a bill in the state Senate would let six of them change how they calculate tuition.
The bill would create a pilot program that lets those schools charge tuition by the credit hour rather than by the semester. It would likely result in significant increases in tuition for full-time students, and decreases in tuition for part-time students.
The bill was requested by Pierpont Community and Technical College which has pledged to reduce tuition rates if the bill passes.
Up to two other community colleges and three four-year colleges could participate in the program. If they did not correspondingly reduce tuition rates, the changes would mean substantial tuition increases for full-time students.