College offers free tuition for residents |

College offers free tuition for residents

Ryan Sheridan

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but some good things do come cheap.

Starting in June, Moffat County residents will be able to take free classes at Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig (CNCC).

“Beginning with our summer sessions and continuing on through next spring, CNCC will be offering Moffat County residents full tuition for classes,” said Mary Morris, CNCC spokeswoman. “And the program is likely to continue after the spring semester. The Rangely campus has had a program like this for a while now.”

The summer session begins June 4. Registration for classes is going on now.

“CNCC wants the community to have access to higher education because getting involved with higher education means greater opportunities after,” Morris said.

Barbara Pugh, chairperson of the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College Board of Control, which organizes the College’s budget, said the board thought this move was needed and this was a good time to do it.

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“We decided that for the people of Moffat County who help support us through a small mill levy, it was time for the college to give something back,” Pugh said. “We have paid 50 percent of tuition before, and now we decided to go to 100 percent in order to help Moffat County residents gain access to the classes.

“This program represents only a small portion of the budget, so it is something we can do without taking away from other areas of the budget.”

While tuition is fully covered, there are some fees students will still have to pay, Pugh said. Lab or class fees and books are not covered.

“The 100 percent tuition buy down for Moffat County residents will provide our citizens greater access to higher education,” said Dean Hollenbeck, vice president of CNCC-Craig. “The college feels education is important to our community and that CNCC is a catalyst to greater opportunities for people in Northwest Colorado.”

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