Effective summer 2012, enrollment fees at all 112 California community colleges rose $10 per credit, from $36 to $46. Community college enrollment fees are established by the state legislature and funds generated by the fees go to the state general fund.
At Allan Hancock College, it is anticipated that because of the fee increase, more students will now qualify for the Board of Governor’s (BOG) fee waiver, a state grant program that pays enrollment fees for qualified students.
Anyone planning to take fall credit classes is encouraged to submit a BOG fee waiver form. The online form is available on the Allan Hancock College website; go to www.hancockcollege.edu/financialaid, then click BOG. Also, students are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which can be used to apply for the BOG and to apply for financial aid to assist with books, supplies and other educational expenses. Go online to www.FAFSA.ed.gov to apply.
“Anytime fees are raised it affects students,” said Rob Parisi, interim dean of Student Services. “However, even at $46 a credit, California community colleges, including Hancock, remain the most affordable community colleges in the United States.”
In addition to the BOG fee waiver, other forms of financial aid are available including grants, loans and scholarships.
Fall credit registration is June 26-Aug.24. Classes begin Aug. 20.
For more information, visit the website or call (805) 922-6966 ext. 3216. The toll free number in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties is 1-866-DIAL AHC (342-5242) ext. 3216.