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West Virginia Senate Bill Could Change How Tuition is Charged

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill advanced by the West Virginia Senate Education Committee could change how tuition is calculated at up to six state colleges and universities.

The bill would allow Pierpont Community and Technical College to charge tuition by the credit hour, rather than by the semester.

Pierpont requested the change, but the trial program would be available to two other community colleges and three four-year colleges.

At Pierpont, the change would come with a rollback in tuition and would save full-time students $244 per semester. Tuition would also drop for part-time students. Tuition would rise by at least $96 per semester for students taking more than a full course load.

Pierpont’s president said that because they charge by the semester, part-time students have been subsidizing the tuition of full-time students.

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