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Students Will Pay More To Attend OTC Next Fall

Perry Elkins

Students at Ozarks Technical Community College will pay more for tuition in the 2020-2021 school year.  But the OTC Board of Trustees has voted to eliminate online course fees beginning June 1.  Currently, online students are charged a $65 fee for each course they attend, according to the school.

The board voted to raise the student technology fee that all students pay from $8 to $19 per credit hour.  Board members said that’s because almost all OTC courses have an online element.

And OTC chancellor, Hal Higdon, said when COVID-19 forced the school to move all its classes online, dropping the online course fee “seemed like the right thing to do for our students.”

In-district Tier 1 tuition will increase by $4 per credit hour, and Tiers II and III will go up $3 per credit hour.  Higdon said they hadn’t planned to raise tuition, but with the state announcing cuts to higher education and with future funding uncertain “we had no choice.”

Tuition rates effective June 1, 2020:

                    Tier I                     Tier II                   Tier III

In-District tuition, per credit hour                            $117.00               $120.00              $130.00                

Out-of-District tuition, per credit hour                    $164.00               $169.00               $179.00                       

Out-of-State tuition, per credit hour                       $210.00               $214.00               $226.00                       

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