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Tuition Hike at RCC

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Some Southern Oregon college students will have to dig deeper into their pockets to attend school.

Rogue Community College says tuition will be raised 4 dollars per credit. College officials say the loss of funding in next year’s budget is to blame.

Over the last 12 years, state funding for the college has dropped from covering 40 percent of its budget to less than 15 percent as it is currently.

“As that number shrinks, we have to find ways to continue to pay our staff, and turn the lights on and offer classes to students,” said RCC Marketing Director Margaret Bradford

“If I can get a job in the field that i’m interested in, then I’m going to think its probably worth it. You know, I expect things to increase in price from time to time,” said student Justin Ayriss.

The tuition hike takes effect July 8th. The college is not increasing student fees.