YC District Board of Directors approves college budget for fiscal year 2021-2022
No increase in property tax or tuition fees
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The Yavapai College (DGB) District Governing Board today approved the college’s budget for 2021-2022 by a 4: 1 vote at its annual budget adoption meeting.
The approved budget does not include an increase in the property tax levy for residents of Yavapai County, effectively lowering the total property tax in the county for the third year in a row.
The budget will also not increase tuition fees for students, strengthening YC as one of the state’s greatest values for higher education. YC’s base tuition rate will remain at $ 95 per credit hour for part-time students. Full-time students benefit from a discount and pay only $ 1,140 for a 15-credit semester.
YC tuition is the second lowest cost for full-time students in the state and about 80% lower than Arizona public universities.
Yavapai College offers significant discounts to currently enrolled high school students, recent high school graduates, full-time students, and seniors. The College is also offering a free course to all students for the fall semester 2021.
The approved budget for fiscal year 2021-2021 totals $ 92.9 million and is 12.4% more than the budget for the current fiscal year 2020-2021. The increase is mainly due to $ 9.8 million in additional grants to be spent in Yavapai County.
The budget provides funding for new strategic initiatives to help provide accessible and affordable education to all of Yavapai County and help YC communities re-qualify and recover from the pandemic. Some of the new initiatives include:
- Expansion of career and technical education in the Verde Valley with the new Skilled Trades Center on the Verde Valley campus and partnerships with the Valley Academy for Career and Technical Education (VACTE).
- Expansion of workforce training, with new credit-free options to meet the specific needs of businesses and employees.
- Improve student services with the implementation of a one-stop-shop model to help students manage life and financial issues while pursuing their education or certificate.
- The expansion of Open Educational Resources (OER) which provides zero or low cost learning materials to students rather than a traditional textbook. When implemented last year, this initiative saved YC students over $ 300,000 in textbook costs.
This fall semester, the College plans to welcome all students back to classes and in-person services. Online courses will also remain available. Registrations for the summer and fall semesters are now open and classes are filling up. Please visit www.yc.edu for more information.
Yavapai College offers dozens of degree and certificate programs in vocational and technical education, health and wellness, arts and humanities, business and computer systems, social sciences and science and engineering, and lifelong learning opportunities for all ages. YC operates campuses in Prescott and Clarkdale and centers near Prescott Airport, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Sedona.
All information regarding the Yavapai College District Governing Board, including future meetings, which are still open to the public, can be found at: www.yc.edu/dgb.
For more details on the budget for fiscal year 2020-2021, please consult www.yc.edu/budget.