CCBC Establishes Flat Tuition Rate To Encourage More Students To Complete Associate Degree

In an effort to encourage full-time students to complete their studies within two years, the Community College of Beaver County’s Board of Trustees have adopted a flat tuition rate for students taking between 12-18 credits per semester.  Approved at Monday night’s monthly public board meeting, the new tuition and fees structure will increase the amount per credit by $2.50 for students taking eleven credits or less.  This represents an increase of approximately 2.7% making the tuition cost for an in-county student $95 per credit hour.

For full-time students, tuition will be at a single rate of $1,425 for any Beaver County resident taking between 12 and 18 credits per semester. 

“Many of our full-time students are currently taking less than 15 credit hours per semester on average,” stated Steve Danik, Vice President for Finance and Operations. “As a result, it becomes difficult for them to complete the required 60 hours of coursework required for  their Associate Degree in a two year time period.“

“The landscape for students planning to transfer is changing dramatically,” indicated Dr. Joe Forrester, President of the College.  “Recently enacted legislation allows students who graduate with an Associate Degree to transfer to a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university as a junior without loss of credit. We want to see more of our students taking advantage of this opportunity.”

“Our degree plans are structured on the assumption that a full-time student will take at least 15 credits per semester and will complete the degree requirements within two years,” said Forrester. “We believe the flat tuition rate will provide an incentive for students to take additional credits and to complete the requirements for the Associate Degree.”

The full-time flat tuition rate goes into effect for the 2011-12 fall semester. 

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Community College of Beaver County is an open door admissions institution. The College provides more than 40 programs of study, offering students the opportunity to earn associate degrees, certificates and diplomas in such areas as the arts and sciences, aviation, business, health careers, human service, and technologies as well as non-credit enrichment courses and workforce development programs for the community and surrounding areas.