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Delgado Tuition Up Over 100 Percent In Seven Years

By: Leonard “Lenny” Vasbinder

 

Delgado Community College in New Orleans, with several campuses in the surrounding metropolitan area, has seen a substantial spike in tuition in the past seven years.

After having stable tuition fees and costs from Fall 2005 through Spring 2010, the Fall 2010 semester saw the first increase from $768 ($979 with fees) to $944 ($1,195 with fees), an increase of nearly 23 percent for tuition and just over 22 percent for tuition and fees.  The Spring 2011 semester maintained the same pricing.

Fall 2011 saw another increase of about 12 percent.  Fall 2012, 2013, and 2014 saw similar double-digit increases each year with a slight slowdown for Fall 2015 of only 10 percent tuition and 6.4 percent tuition and fees increase.  Fall 2016 did not increase, nor did Spring 2017.

The combined increase is 109 percent for tuition from Fall 2009 to Fall 2015 and 99.7 percent for tuition and fees during the same period, more than double what it cost just eight years ago.

These increases were authorized by the state legislature in 2010 to allow universities to offset the cuts from their state funding.

Recent reports show a drop in enrollment of around 7 percent from 2009 to 2015, with another 5 percent drop from 2015 to 2016.  Delgado still has the second highest enrollment in higher education in Louisiana.

EDITORIAL REPLY TO FACTUAL STORY ABOVE:

By Leonard “Lenny” Vasbinder

It’s not budget cuts that caused the recent elimination of several programs/concentrations at DCC. It is a bloated administration. Don’t let them blame things on budget cuts. When La. state government did start reducing the amount that taxpayers subsidized colleges, they gave the colleges the ability to raise tuition to offset any “cuts.”

And colleges did!

Delgado Community College raised tuition by more than 100 percent in the past seven years. When the number of students fell by 5 percent from 2015-2016, did Delgado cut any of it’s overhead and administration? NOPE! As far as I can tell, they expanded them. Even now, with cutting these programs, not just TV Production, Mass Comm, the radio station, the Delgado Dolphin Newspaper, but they also cut the legal secretary program and the dietetic tech program.

Yet, not a single admin person was eliminated.

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