College proposes tuition increase

Alissa Mahar

Alissa Mahar, center, talks to the President’s Council on Feb. 4. Photo by Jordy Villagomez

Story by Nick Schwada

Hold on to your pockets – Clackamas Community College wants to increase tuition.

The college is proposing an $8 per credit increase, which would go into effect beginning summer term.

On Feb. 4, Alissa Mahar, vice president of College Services, told the President’s Council that the college needs to charge more.

The school board of education will hear the proposal at its Feb. 12 meeting and vote on the plan at a later meeting. 

“We start by making a recommendation and take it from there,” Mahar said. 

The college is not recommending an increase to international or out of state tuition. 

Fees are likely to rise as well.

The general student fee could go up from $2.50 to $3 per credit. 

The technology fee could go up from $5.50 to $6 per credit.

The college services fee would increase $2 per term to $30.

“The fees don’t bring in a ton of money,” said Mahar.

One credit at CCC currently costs $103, making a typical four-credit class $412, not including fees and books. 

The increase would make a four-credit class $444.

Tuition has increased almost every year in the past 20 years.