Alabama 2-year college chief pushes for PACT continuation

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Shequera Glenn is just beginning classes at Wallace Community College. So far she's only signed up for two, but wishes she had more.

She says, "It's kind of hard because I didn't get accepted for financial aid so I went to my Mom and my Dad and they're helping me out and a little bit of my family members are helping me also."

Glenn is among a number of students affected by rising tuition costs.

For some students, their parents have been putting away cash through a program called pact, or pre-paid Alabama college tuition.

Sally Buchanan, who is attending Wallace Community College, says, "PACT is designed as a state program savings plan that many families put their own money into savings."

But the possibility of increased tuition fees could alter what parents have been planning for, for years.

Bradley Byrne, the Chancellor of Alabama’s two-year college system, is asking the state board of education to waive tuition increases for three years for all pact participants.

Dozens of students attending Wallace are paying tuition through pact.

For one credit hour, students pay $90, opposed to $177 at Troy University.

On a lighter note on the issue Wallace Community College hasn't seen tuition increases for a number of years and the good news is Buchanan says she doesn't foresee any in the future."

Buchanan says, "Our goal is to offer the most affordable education that we can to all of our students."

Glenn says no matter what happens, she's just hoping she can afford to continue her education.

Byrne says about one-fifth of the college students in the plan attend a two-year college.

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