In a unanimous decision, Northwest Florida State College’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the college’s budget for the 2019-20 academic year with no increases to tuition or fees. This will be the sixth consecutive year the Board of Trustees has held tuition flat for students.
“NWF State College remains committed to being the first choice for accessible, affordable and relevant higher education,” said Brian Pennington, chairman of the NWF State Board of Trustees. “On behalf of the college’s Board of Trustees, we will continue to make every effort to remove financial barriers so we can be an open door for anyone who wants to improve their lives through higher education.”
The college is also focused on decreasing general education textbook costs for students. The average cost of a new general education textbook decreased from $87.03 in spring 2018 to $79.29 in spring 2019. To ensure consistency in instruction and reduce costs to students with bulk pricing, the college requires all sections of a general education course to utilize the same textbooks. Exceptions are only granted for pilot projects or student benefit.
One hundred percent of general education textbooks and instructional materials remained and will remain in use for more than one term.
“We want to provide the absolute best educational experience for our students,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, president. “Students can attend Northwest Florida State College and learn from our world-class faculty and experience the best in academic and student development services.”
In other business, the Board of Trustees voted to extend the term of Dr. Stephenson’s employment contract through June 30, 2022. The board elected Mr. Pennington to serve as chair and Lori Kelley to serve as vice-chair.