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Most West Virginia Community Colleges to Hike Fees

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College located in Martinsburg, Berkeley County.

All but one of West Virginia’s public community and technical colleges are planning to increase tuition and fees for associate’s degrees.

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission official Matt Turner tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that the Community and Technical College System presumes the colleges have already approved the average increase of 2.6 percent. CTSC data shows the average yearly cost will increase to $4,040 next academic year.

Eastern West Virginia is the only school that will not raise tuition and fees.

Mountwest is implementing the highest proposed increase, at 7.2 percent, which comes around to $270. That hike brings its annual cost to $4,014, still slightly below the average.

Despite passing the state Senate, a bill to make such colleges tuition-free failed in the House of Delegates this legislative session.