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News Release - October 5, 2006

MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

Contact: Ron Owens, Chancellor’s Office, 916.327.5356
Ross Beck, Mendocino College, 707.468.3012, rbeck@mendocino.edu

File: NR-Fee Reduction
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Education Leaders Celebrate Pending Fee Reduction

for California’s Community Colleges

Student Accessibility & Affordability Returning

Sacramento, CA – California Secretary of Education Alan Bersin and California Community Colleges Chancellor Marshall “Mark” Drummond herald a nearly 25 percent reduction in enrollment fees for current and prospective students at the 109 California community college campuses. Signed by Governor Schwarzenegger with bipartisan legislative support in AB 1802, the education trailer bill implementing the 2006-07 State Budget, fees will decrease from $26 per unit to $20 per unit for courses beginning after January 1, 2007.

“We celebrate this news for the positive short-term and long-term impact the fee reduction will have on ensuring access and affordability in higher education,” said Secretary Bersin. “This fee reduction will be instrumental in helping students achieve higher education, therefore ensuring the economic vitality of California through a better educated workforce.”

“We are very pleased that this legislation was passed,” states Mendocino College Superintendent/President Kathy Lehner. “A reduction in enrollment fees will allow many Mendocino and Lake County students to have greater access to higher education.

The Mendocino College spring 2007 class listing will be online October 10. Students can begin registering November 13 for priority registration, November 29 for open TelReg on, and January 16, 2007 for Late (formerly Walk-in) registration. The spring semester runs January 22 through May 2004. Applications and additional information are available online at www.Mendocino.edu.

Over the last several years, costs for the California community colleges escalated to a $26 per unit high, coinciding with a sharp decline in community college attendance. With the news of a fee reduction, community college enrollment, which is already growing at most colleges this fall, is expected to rebound.

“Several years of rising costs have created a barrier for some of our prospective students,” remarked Chancellor Drummond. “If California is to remain an economic leader, we must ensure that we are adequately preparing our future workforce to meet the challenges and demands of tomorrow. We believe that creating greater access to higher education is an investment in California’s future.”

A recent study by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education projected that personal income will significantly decrease by 2025 unless there is an increase in educational attainment in California’s future labor pool.
“In a transitioning economy, education is the sole equalizer that can sustain the growth and professional development of the state’s labor force,” commented Bersin.

As part of its commitment to ensuring affordability and accessibility, the California Community Colleges are reminding students that financial aid is available – and within reach— to help cover fees, books and other educationally related costs at each of California’s community colleges. “I Can Afford College,” a financial aid awareness campaign, offers all the necessary financial aid resources and a direct connection to each of the 109 community college financial aid offices at a centrally located Web site, www.icanaffordcollege.com . A toll-free helpline, 1-800-987-ICAN (4226), is also available and can directly connect callers to the community college financial aid office of their choice starting within a 25-mile radius of their home. Both the Web site and phone line are available in English and Spanish.

“The fee reduction will have a positive impact on access to higher education for Californians. But the community colleges remain committed to ensuring that low-income and underrepresented students continue to have financial aid resources available to them to help pay for fees, books and other costs as well,” concluded Drummond. “Financial aid resources are available year-round at California community colleges.”

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office provides guidance for the 72 districts and 109 colleges that constitute the California community colleges system. The largest system of higher education in the nation, the California community colleges provided educational, vocational and transfer programs to more than 2.5 million students during academic year 2005-2006. More information about the system can be found at www.cccco.edu.

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Created: October 06, 2006 @ 09:45 AM
Last Modified: October 11, 2006 @ 07:56 AM

 





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