VC Board of Trustees sets tuition, fees for 2020-21 academic year

Victoria College’s Board of Trustees approved student tuition and fees for the 2020-21 academic year at its meeting on March 23.

Victoria College students are charged tuition and fees on a credit-hour basis. The board approved a $4 increase per credit hour for students who reside in Victoria County and a $5 increase per credit hour for Texas residents living outside of Victoria County. The changes per credit hour include a $1 increase in tuition, $1 increase in the general fee, $2 increase in the technology fee and $1 increase in the out-of-county fee.

“The approved tuition and fee rates allow us to address increased costs due to inflation and the college’s technology infrastructure needs,” said David Hinds, VC president. “Texas has the third-most affordable community college system in the country, and Victoria College’s quality education and training opportunities remain an exceptional value for our students.”

Students living in Victoria County will pay $312 in tuition and fees for a 3-credit-hour course, or $12 more per course. Texas residents living outside of Victoria County will pay $468 for a 3-credit-hour-course, or $15 more per course.

The board also approved a $10 per credit hour increase for out-of-state tuition.

“Students who live outside Texas pay higher tuition and fees to help achieve parity with students who pay state and local taxes, similar to the out-of-county fee which helps achieve parity between students who live outside Victoria County with students who pay Victoria County property taxes,” said Hinds.

Victoria College charges additional tuition, known as differential tuition, for courses that have higher operational costs. The board approved a new differential tuition rate of $95 per credit hour, a $10 increase, for classes in the Emergency Medical Services, Associate Degree Nursing, Vocational Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Respiratory Care programs. The increase is due to the increasing costs of delivering allied health instruction.

Hinds also shared an update with the board about VC’s efforts to help students complete a successful spring semester amid the global COVID-19 outbreak.

In response to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House, Victoria College has extended Spring Break for students through Sunday, March 29. VC students will resume all classes online or through alternative formats beginning Monday, March 30. Student support services, such as academic advising and financial aid, will also be offered online. Students will be able to make appointments to meet with VC personnel remotely beginning March 30.

“We want our students to know they’re not alone,” said Hinds. “We’re all in this together, and we’re working hard to ensure our students are able to continue their studies while we maintain the academic standards they expect of us.”