by Nick Delgado
Guam - Guam Community College students will have to start paying more for classes. The GCC board Thursday night voted to reinstate the tuition and fee increases for the 2011 Fall semester. Board chairperson Gina Ramos states the current economic situation forced them to raise tuition in order to maintain a quality educational product.
The rate will go from $110 to $130 per credit hours, and full time students will see a total increase of $256 per semester. GCC officials state the increase will go towards hiring more faculty and staff and towards classroom improvements. The last time the board increased tuition was in Fall 2008.
GCC president Dr. Mary Okada states, "We are now at a point at which, in order to offer more classes to our increasing student population, we need to hire more faculty and administrative support."