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Community Colleges Freeze Tuition For 2013-14 School Year

Tuition at New Hampshire’s seven community colleges will remain frozen for the next academic school year.

The decision comes after lawmakers signed off on a state budget that fully restores deep cuts made to the system in the last budget.

Chancellor Ross Gittell says the restoration of funding allows the community college system to hold the line on tuition for the upcoming school year.

He says it will also be used to help align education and training programs with the needs of businesses.

“In this way, we help students and their families through affordable higher education and we help industry because we provide that skilled workforce that’s necessary for a strong New Hampshire economy.”

In the last year two-year budget, funding to New Hampshire’s community colleges was cut by 20 percent.

That led to a tuition increase in 2011, though it remained frozen last year.

This fall, in-state students will continue to pay $210 per credit, or roughly $5,000 for a minimum full-course load.

Governor Maggie Hassan has said she will sign the budget into law.