March 27, 2014
As institutions of higher learning throughout Texas continue this spring to make headlines with regard to proposed and looming tuition and fee increases, here's a headline that is very unlikely to emerge—though since it’s true it probably should: Amarillo College Tuition and Fees to Remain the Same Next Year.
Great news that affects many thousands of households seldom passes the sinister test.
However, know this: AC President Paul Matney recommended holding the line on tuition and fees from this year to next during the March meeting of the AC Board of Regents; his proposal was received without dissent.
“We believe that Amarillo College must remain affordable, that our students and their families deserve it,” Matney said, “so we’re holding the line on cost. We believe in doing everything we can to keep AC an affordable place to receive a quality education.”
That means the cost of tuition and fees during the 2014-2015 school year will continue to be $79.75 per credit hour for students who live in the Amarillo Junior College District. And what that means is in-district students who attend AC full time (12 hours) will be able to continue doing so for under $1,000 per semester.
Students will be hard-pressed to find a more-affordable opportunity for higher education, yet this one is enhanced by the fact that academic credit hours earned at AC must be accepted by any public university in Texas. It’s the law.