Students at Tooele Applied Technology may pay $90 a year more for tuition starting in July if the Utah College of Applied Technology’s Board of Trustees approves a proposed tuition increase.
Tuition at TATC is now $1.75 per hour. The proposed increase is to raise tuition between zero to 10 cents per hour, making the maximum possible tuition of $1.85 per hour, according to Scott Snelson, TATC campus president.
The number of hours a TATC student enrolls varies with the program and student. The average program at TATC is around 900 hours per year, Snelson said.
Tuition for TATC and the other seven campus that comprise the statewide UCAT system are set by the state UCAT board, not local officials.
However, Snelson doubts that the tuition increase will be adopted because the recently concluded state legislative session provided adequate funding for UCAT.
“I don’t think anybody is seriously looking at raising tuition,” he said. “But we still need to go through the process of collecting information and presenting it to the board of trustees. It’s their decision to make.”
State “Truth in Tuition” laws require that UCAT schedule hearings on proposed tuition hikes and give advance notice of the hearings to the public, Snelson explained.
“I think there might have been some anticipation for a need to increase tuition depending on the outcome of funding for the UCAT system during the legislative session,” Snelson added.
However, UCAT’s 2014 state budget appropriations went well, with the legislature appropriating enough money to cover increased costs in health insurance and retirement benefits for employees, according to Snelson.
TATC even acquired an additional allocation of $358,600 for new and expanded programs, he said.
Two public hearings will be held at TATC, located at 88 S. Tooele Blvd., on the proposed tuition increase on April 7. The first hearing will be from noon to 1 p.m. and the second from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Students and citizens are invited to attend and provide input on the proposed increase. Information gathered at the public hearing will be presented to the UCAT Board of Trustees, Snelson said.
TATC was created in July 2009 by the Utah Legislature as a regional campus of the Utah Applied Technology College. Initially instruction was held in rented facilities throughout the county.
Last May TATC moved into a newly constructed $15.5 million 74,000 square-foot facility on Tooele City’s southwest side. Since opening TATC enrollment has increased by 44 percent, Snelson said.
Programs at TATC are competency-based, and may be long-term, short-term, or custom-designed for individual employer needs. Most programs are offered in a flexible open-entry, open-exit format, which allows students to progress at their own pace.
TATC is one of eight regional campuses that are part of the Utah College of Applied Technology. The other seven campuses are located in Logan, Kaysville, St. George, Lehi, Ogden, Cedar City and Roosevelt.