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April 22, 2014

NH. community colleges cut tuition

Five percent break welcomed

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“I’m excited about it,” Gleason said. “That’s going to limit some of my costs.”

But Gleason stressed the academic program also influenced his decision.

“They have the best program in New England for firefighting and that is a factor,” he said.

His classmate, Nick Lachapelle, also considered Lakes Region, before settling on Keene State College.

He said he looked at 10 colleges and realized very quickly cost was a big consideration.

Lachapelle will study business management and fine arts at Keene. He decided to enroll there because of the fine arts program, but admits the tuition at Lakes Region was attractive.

“The cost would have been great to have at Lakes Region,” Lachapelle said.

He approved of the state’s decision to cut tuition at the community colleges.

“That’s an awesome move, 5 percent,” Lachapelle said.

Gov. Maggie Hassan said she applauded the Community College System for the tuition reduction.

“This important step forward for our workforce builds on the progress we made in last year’s bipartisan budget to restore investments in higher education in exchange for a tuition freeze,” Hassan said.

Chancellor Ross Gittell said it would help students, whether they are training for a career or taking a first step toward a four-year college.

“Reducing tuition and bending the cost curve in higher education helps students and their families fit a college education in their budgets,” Gittell said.

Many community college students do now use community college as a step to a four-year degree.

“Roughly half of our students report that they intend to transfer to a four-year college or university,” Community College System spokeswoman Shannon Reid said. “We can say that roughly a third of our students or graduates each year transfer to one of the institutions within the University System of New Hampshire.”

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