Beginning with the fall 2019 semester, the cost of attending Southwest Texas Junior College will be slightly higher.
The board of trustees approved increases of the general use fee, technology fee, and commencement fee during the monthly meeting on March 21.
According to SWTJC president Hector Gonzalez, the commencement fee has been $13 for years. The new fee will be $20 per student, and will offset the cost of hosting the graduation. Gonzalez stated that commencement services have grown, and the increase will allow for the college to continue to offer a polished ceremony for the graduates.
According to SWTJC public relations specialist Ismael Martinez, commencement ceremony costs have increased over the years from approximately $13,000 to a current estimate of $20,000-$27,000.
The general use fee will increase $3, from $21 to $24. The increase will go towards maintenance cost and campus improvement projects.
Upgrades for computers, software, and hardware will be obtained by a technology fee increase. The current technology fee of $8 will be raised to $10.
The fees are incorporated into the the total tuition amount billed. Fees are billed per the number of credit hours a student selects.
Even with the necessary fee increases, the cost of attending SWTJC is still considerably less than attending a four year university.
In comparison, a Texas resident taking 15 semester undergraduate hours at Sul Ross State University, will pay $2,843 (as of fall 2019), in tuition and fees while an in district student at SWTJC enrolled in 15 hours will pay $1,489 (as of spring 2019) in tuition and fees.
SWTJC offers students the option to transfer to senior college or university after completing requirements in certain programs.
SWTJC states that “an obvious advantage of completing the requirements of a degree at SWTJC is the fact that this action reflects commitment to a specific educational goal and success in meeting that goal.”