WJCC Hikes Tuition for Non-Resident Students

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Attending Williamsburg-James City County Schools might be more expensive for students living outside the division boundaries next school year.

The WJCC School Board considered a proposal to raise tuition costs for non-resident students at its meeting Tuesday night. The proposal would raise tuition to $9,471 for regular education and $17,681 for special education for the 2015-2016 school year.

The figures represent a $32 dollar increase for the regular education rate and a $448 increase for the special education rate.

The school division allows students who live outside the City of Williamsburg and James City County to attend WJCC schools if they pay tuition. Tuition is determined by dividing the school division’s total operating budget — minus costs for special education, pre-k, summer school, alternative education and capital outlay — by the division’s projected enrollment.

Employees of WJCC schools who do not live within the school division boundaries may request enrollment of their children in the schools without paying tuition.

WJCC Senior Director of Student Services Stephanie Bourgeois said the school division had one tuition-paying non-resident student and no non-resident special education students for the 2014-2015 school year. The school division had one regular education non-resident student paying tuition and two non-resident tuition paying special education students for the 2013-2014 school year.

A vote on the proposal will likely come at the School Board’s August meeting.