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Maricopa Community Colleges Consider $1/Credit Tuition Decrease, Adjunct Salary Increase

The country’s largest community college district is considering a slight tuition decrease.

A budget proposal for the Maricopa County Community College District would lower tuition by $1 per credit hour.

“Which doesn't sound like much, [but] if you’re taking 30 credit hours during the typical year, which many students do, that’s a $30 benefit,” he said.

Elliott Hibbs, the district’s chief operating officer, said the goal is to keep students happy.

“We value them greatly, so we want to send a message to encourage them to stay with our colleges here,” Hibbs said.

The budget proposal also includes a one-time, $750 stipend for full-time staff, and a permanent pay increase from $872 to $925 per credit hour taught for adjunct faculty. Hibbs says that would help the colleges have competitive wages.

That money would come from an untouched endowment fund for medical insurance which would move about $30 million into the general fund.

The governing board still has to discuss and approve the plan.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.