New law drops Lake Tahoe Community College tuition for Nevada students |

New law drops Lake Tahoe Community College tuition for Nevada students

Jack Barnwell

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Lake Tahoe residents living in Nevada will be able to attend Lake Tahoe Community College without having to pay an arm and a leg thanks to a new law.

The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday, Oct. 8, reduces tuition costs for up to 200 students from $170 per credit unit to $93 a credit unit.

Lake Tahoe Community College president Kindred Murillo said the bill is a great thing for Nevada students.

“Everyone involved has been working on this bill for three years,” Murillo said. “Nevada residents living in the Tahoe Basin will get a reduced fee rate to go here.”

California state Sen. Ted Gaines and Nevada state Sen. James Settelmeyer hammered out the agreement to re-establish a good neighbor policy for the two states.

Nevada residents must pay out-of-state tuition to attend California colleges. A full course load currently costs students $7,650 a year. Once polices are in place, they will only pay $4,185 for a full course load.

California residents only pay $46 per credit unit.

The bill applies to students who live in Stateline, Kingsbury, Zephyr Cove, Round Hill, Skyland and Incline Village.

Murillo said a cap of 200 students is reasonable because not as many people live on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe as live in South Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe Community College will begin working with Western Nevada College, which serves northwest Nevada, to fine-tune a preliminary agreement.

She hopes to have something in place by Jan. 1, though the date is still tentative.

“We believe we are one community and to be divided by a state line when it comes to education is really hurtful for students,” Murillo said.

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