Temple College Trustees have voted to increase tuition for all students beginning in fall 2017.

The new tuition rates will be $97 per semester credit hour for in-district students, $169 per semester credit hour for out-of-district students, and $245 per semester credit hour for out-of-state students.

This is only the second time since 2011 that Trustees have voted to increase tuition. Temple College last increased its tuition in 2015, when in-district tuition increased from $88 to $89 and out-of-district tuition increased from $154 to $159.

Van Miller, vice president for administrative services, noted that the total increase in tuition at Temple College since 2011 is still below the increase in the cost of living during that same time period.

Community colleges in Texas have three sources of funding: state funds, tuition and fees, and property taxes from the local taxing district. Temple College is expecting to receive less funds from the state in the next two years and is limited on how much it can increase taxes on local residents.