Tuition waiver for VC employee dependents expanded

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

March 18, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 17, 2013 at 10:18 p.m.

Tuition waivers for Victoria College employee dependents have been expanded to include unmarried children under 26 years old.

Trustees voted to expand the waiver at a regular VC Board of Trustees meeting Monday.

The policy would only affect dependents whose parents receive VC employee benefits.

The change will be implemented beginning in the 2013 summer semester and will cost the college an additional $20,000, making the new total for the exemption between $37,000 and $40,000.

Before, the policy only included dependents enrolling two years after high school graduation or with at least 62 semester credit hours.

"Those were some pretty tight ropes that we had on students," said Vice President of Administrative Services Keith Blundell. "Typically, most students don't get 62 hours done in two years; many go off and join the military or start a job after graduating."

The proposed requirements include tuition waivers for non-credit courses and Virtual College of Texas classes, except for those who are not funded by the state, such as the college's Excel classes, Blundell said.

Examples of the college's non-credit courses covered by the waiver include the police academy and truck driving.

There will be no academic restriction on the waiver because the college's academic progress policy would restrict the student from attendance.

A GPA below a 2.0 would put a VC student under academic suspension, canceling out the need for an academic restriction on the waiver.

The age restriction will be determined as of the first day of class.

In other business, the board approved adding tuition fees to non-credit courses, which would allow students and veterans receiving financial aid the possibility of taking those classes for free, said VC president Tom Butler.

Fees for the college's police academy were also increased from $2,200 to $2,600 to offset rising costs for equipment and to update the college's aging accoutrements.

A fee of $30 for the new computer-based GED exam was also approved by the board to offset costs for the college.

"This is happening because of changes at the national level," Butler said. "It's become much more expensive than it was before."

According to GED regulations, the fee cannot be increased by any institutions, said Butler.



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