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Tuition Freeze at Maine Community Colleges

maineCCSCommunity colleges have been a great resource for cash strapped students looking to start their education at an affordable price. The state of Maine recently announced that the seven community colleges housed under their system will be freezing tuition pricing again for the upcoming 2010-2011 academic year.

This tuition freeze is part of a decade long plan to bring Maine’s community college tuition pricing in line with that of the national average. In order to achieve this goal, the community colleges have frozen tuition rates seven of the last twelve years (see chart).

MCCS Tuition Increases

1997/98 $1,980
1998/99 $2,040
1999/00 $2,040
2000/01 $2,040
2001/02 $2,040
2002/03 $2,040
2003/04 $2,040
2004/05 $2,040
2005/06 $2,220
2006/07 $2,340
2007/08 $2,400
2008/09 $2,460
2009/10 $2,520
2010/11 $2,520

“Maine has the lowest per capita income and the lowest college attainment rates in New England,” noted President Fitzsimmons in making the announcement. “Our colleges and Board of Trustees have made a sustained commitment to make higher education more affordable in Maine. In a tough economy, when students are struggling to enroll or stay in school, that effort has become all the more urgent.”

CheapScholar.org would like to applaud the Maine Community College System for their efforts in making college affordable for their residents and the 16,300 currently enrolled students.

For more information about the Maine Community College system, you can check out their website here.

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