Released: June 8, 2020
Tuition and some fees increase, distance learning online fees dropped
Santa Fe Community College announces a new fee structure for the 2020-2021 academic year beginning with the fall semester. At a special meeting on May 8, the SFCC Governing Board declared a bona fide financial emergency (Policy 4-40 Special Circumstances Employment Actions) and approved increases in tuition and fees (Policy 1-31 Governing Board Financial Oversight).
This is the new tuition and fee structure effective for the Fall 2020 semester:
Tuition in-state, in district – $49 per credit hour (previously $48 per credit hour)
Tuition in-state, out of district – $61 per credit hour (previously $60 per credit hour)
Tuition out of state – $144 per credit hour (previously $143)
Fees per credit hour:
Service – $11 (previously $7)
Student Government Association – $1 (no change)
Student Activities $0.50 (no change)
Technology, $10 (previously $2)
Distance Education Fee: Discontinued (previously $25 to a maximum of $75).
SFCC’s management proposed the changes in tuition and fee structures in response to the current economic downturn and impact to decreasing revenues. The publicly elected SFCC Governing Board approved the changes with a vote of 4 to 1 at special governing board meeting on May 8, 2020.
The college eliminated the Distance Education fee for the summer term, as well.
SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. said, “None of us like the idea of increasing tuition and fees, but the college had to respond in a fiscally responsible manner during this financial emergency. SFCC is working vigorously with our students to make sure that a high-quality education remains attainable to all.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, SFCC has reached out to students to offer expanded student resources, an SFCC Foundation Student Emergency Assistance Fund, additional technology assistance and mental health resources. All spring SFCC degree-seeking students whose education was disrupted by the COVID-19 virus were evaluated for financial assistance through The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
SFCC offers flexible scheduling with classes online, in the evenings and weekends. The college has developed a guide to registering detailed at https://www.sfcc.edu/look-for-a-credit-class/.
Degree programs prepare students for a career and/or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program. Students can choose classes from the schedule of courses online at sfcc.edu. The college has waived online fees for the summer and fall semesters.
For more than 35 years, Santa Fe Community College has been the gateway to success for individuals and the community by providing affordable, high quality educational programs that serve the social, cultural, technological, and economic needs of a diverse community. SFCC is a designated Best for Vets and Military Friendly school. The college serves more than 12,000 students per year in its credit, noncredit and adult programs. For further information, visit sfcc.edu or call 505-428-1000. Follow us: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.