Pulaski Tech will be increasing tuition for students of the community college.

Tuition at Pulaski Technical College will increase by 5.5 percent beginning with the fall 2013 semester.

The Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees approved the increase during a regular meeting Jan. 28 and also approved changes to some fees. The Board reviews tuition adjustments in January each year in order to give current and new students plenty of time to prepare for the fall semester and to publicize the information.

Tuition costs will increase $5 per credit hour, from $90 to $95. Although the majority of fees will remain the same for the 2013-14 academic school year, the board approved the following four fee changes:

· A new Technology Fee of $7 per credit hour. The fee will help maintain and expand student computer labs and facilities, academic technologies, web-based services and campuswide technology projects.

· A new Library Fee of $10 per semester to cover the cost of maintaining library hardware and software, student printing consumables (toner and paper), subscription costs for journals, databases, and other enrichment resources.

· The Special Course Fee will increase from $15 to $30 per course.

· The fee to take the COMPASS test will increase from $10 to $20, and the cost to retake the test will increase from $5 to $10. However, as an incentive to get students to prepare before taking the assessment, the college will waive the test fee for first-time students who complete a COMPASS preparation program either online or at one of the college’s sites.

For fall, a full-time student taking 15 hours will pay about $1,781 for tuition and fees, depending on the course of study.