Students attending Coastal Bend College during the coming Fall semester will see an increase in their registration and tuition fees as the CBC Board of Trustees adopted the system’s 2011-2012 fee schedule during its regular meeting last Tuesday.

With the fee changes, full-time CBC students taking at least 12 semester hours will see a nearly $40 increase in their fees starting in the fall semester.

“It’s less than all of the other area colleges and universities,” CBC-Alice Director Patricia Candia said. “Unfortunately, we’ve all had to go up in tuition because of the state budget shortfall.”

Tuition will increase by $3 per semester hour, from $64 to $67.

“So a three-hour course will cost a student $9 more,” Candia said.

Candia said the college’s registration fee will also be increased in the fall, from its current $40 fee to $45. Another change approved by the board that will go into effect in Fall 2011 is the implementation of “three-peat,” where a student who takes the same class for a third time will have to pay out-of-state tuition for the class.

Candia said for the last few years, CBC has not received any contact hour reimbursement for students taking a class three or more times.

“Across the state of Texas, when they made that change at least two or three years ago, all of the institutions that I know of incurred that cost on the student,” Candia said. “We, Coastal Bend College, did not do that, and so the student would pay the same amount of the third time just as they paid for it the first two times.”

“So if they’re taking 12 hours, the other nine hours are at the regular rate,” she said. “It’s just that one course that costs a little more.”

Candia said dorm prices have also increased, but that would not affect the Alice campus since it does not have campus housing.