ThurmSpeaks::Cost of Education: Tuition Rates

The rising cost of education has been an issue with me for more than a decade. During that time tuition rates, which are only one of many variables that dictate the cost of education, have kept going up, uP, and UP. On 25 March 2005 I created the TuitionGouging.US website to document rising tuition rates. On 4 March 2009 I let the TuitionGouging.US website expire.

On 28 October 2010, the Arizona Republic had the following front-page headline: "State tuition now tops U.S. average." The Republic's article focused on university tuition rates and it did not include any information about tuition rates at the state community colleges and thus the motivation for this posting.


Tuition Rates at the Maricopa County Community Colleges

When I became a faculty member at Scottsdale Community College during the fall of 1997, the in-state/in-county tuition rate had just been increased from $34 per credit hour to $37.

    Academic
   School Year     Tuition Rate Change
   -------------------------------------------
   1997-98         $3 increase to $37 [+ 8.8%]
   1998-99         $1 increase to $38 [+ 2.7%]
   1999-00         $2 increase to $40 [+ 5.3%]
   2000-01         $1 increase to $41 [+ 2.5%]
   2001-02         $2 increase to $43 [+ 4.9%]
   2002-03         $3 increase to $46 [+ 7.0%]
   2003-04         $5 increase to $51 [+10.9%]
   2004-05         $4 increase to $55 [+ 7.8%]
   *** TuitionGouging.US started 25 March 2005 ***
   2005-06         $5 increase to $60 [+ 9.1%]
   2006-07         $5 increase to $65 [+ 8.3%]
   2007-08         $0 no change   $65 [  0.0%]
   2008-09         $6 increase to $71 [+ 9.2%]
   *** TuitionGouging.US ended 4 March 2009 ***
   2009-10         $0 no change   $71 [  0.0%]
   2010-11         $0 no change   $71 [  0.0%]
Notes and Other Miscellany

Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 30 October 2010