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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 11:47 pm

The Maricopa County Community College District's governing board is considering raising tuition by $6 per credit hour. The proposal was presented to the board at a meeting Tuesday night and will be reviewed until a decision is made in late March, officials said.

If approved, tuition would cost $71 per credit hour, according to Chris Chesrown, director of public information for the district. For the average full-time student taking 30 credit hours a year the cost will rise to $2,130, a $180 increase, Chesrown said.

"Anytime there is a proposal to increase tuition or cost of any kind, the governing board takes it very seriously and examines the proposal very carefully," he said.

The increase was suggested after it was determined that additional resources were needed to increase retention, pay for public safety and cover increases in operating costs, according to a statement released by the board Tuesday night.

The district's tuition has not increased in the last two years, according to the statement.

The board is to vote on the recommendation March 25. If it passes, the changes will take place July 1.

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