Midland College Students React to Tuition Hike

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The start of the next school year for Basin college students will rack up more tuition charges.

In response to cuts to their budget, Odessa College announced a $10 increase per hour for classes for in-district students, and a $20 increase per hour for out-of-district and out-of-state students.

At a board meeting on Tuesday, Midland College revealed that in-district students will see a $9 per hour increase, while out-of-district will see an increase of $25 per hour.

"I know that the Midland College Board did not make the decision to raise tuition lightly," Rebecca Bell, MC's Dean of Public Information, said. "However, in order to keep the college doors open, since the state is going to cut our budget, we had to do something, and so the board had to increase tuition."

Nonetheless, MC students are very concerned for their financial futures.

"It would just basically put even more stress on students as if it's not bad enough with the homework load and the making it to classes and everything," MC Freshman Carissa Tarnowski said. "People may even have to start up picking up second and third jobs just to make it to school."

MC students told NewsWest 9 that they'll do whatever they can to make up the extra money, even if it means re-visiting the want ads.

"Just probably extra jobs and just a way to get through," MC Freshman Justin Ybarra, said. "Try to go to school."

"Right now we don't know what to do or think," MC Sophomore Mayra Moreno, said. "We just sit there and wait and see what's gonna happen, if it's gonna be good or bad."

"It's gonna put a lot of burden on everybody," MC Freshman Isaac Jimenez, said. "They have to get more money just to come to school and get an education, but in the long run I think it'll be worth it, get a better job."

The issue's caught between a rock and a hard place.

MC has to stay open despite looking at losing around $7 million in the next two years.

They're advising all students to check for more ways to make money on and off campus, even if that option seems overwhelming.

"I think it's hard to juggle what I have and I work on campus," Tarnowski said. "I can't even imagine how much worse it would be if I had to pick up another job off of campus."

"We're all in a bind together for Texas to get out of that burden that we're in," Jimenez said.