Brown wants to raise community college fees
January 28, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a hike in California community college fees from $26 to $36 per credit, raising the cost of a full academic load nearly 40 percent, from $780 to $1,080 per year. [California Watch]
Chancellor Jack Scott responded to the governor’s proposal by saying, “We can live with that.”
While he would have liked to see a jump that was “not quite as sharp,” Scott said his biggest concern is that with less revenue, community colleges will be forced to accept fewer students, cut classes, and other drastic budget cutting measures.
The fees are expected to generate about $110 million in revenue. But Brown is proposing cutting state support for the community colleges by $400 million, which will result in a net reduction of $290 million in state support.
The state Legislative Analyst’s Office had suggested raising the fees to $40 an hour, but Brown opted for $36 instead.