No PBSC tuition increase for fifth straight year

PBSCPalm Beach State College students will not pay a penny more for their tuition and course fees next school year.

The District Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to freeze the cost of classes for all degree and certificate programs for the 2016-2017 academic year. For college credit courses, in-state tuition and fees will remain at $101 (including $76.92 for tuition) per credit hour or $303 for a three-credit hour course.

Tuition and fees for postsecondary adult vocational program courses are fixed at $83.40 per credit hour and $2.78 per contact hour. The cost of bachelor’s degree courses, which is regulated by the Florida Legislature, remain at $122.85 per credit hour or $368.55 for a three-credit hour class.

This marks the fifth consecutive year in which tuition has not increased at PBSC, although the college said technology and capital improvement fees rose slightly twice, and the student activity fee rose once during that time. In 2012-2013, students paid $98.25 per credit hour or $294.75 for a three-credit hour course.

Tuition and fees were part of the $126.7 million 2016-2017 general fund budget approved by trustees, which includes a 6.1 percent increase in state appropriations. PBSC received $61,814,175 this year compared to $58,239,334 last year, the college said.