35% tuition fee increase for CNMI college

3:45 pm on 6 October 2015

CNMI's tertiary institution, the Northern Marianas College, has raised its tuition fees by 35 percent for the autumn semester of 2016.

The rise is the first in almost ten years and comes after a 40-percent drop in government money for the college since 2003.

The fees will jump from $95 to $128.25 per credit and be effective for the next school year.

Northern Marianas College

Northern Marianas College Photo: RNZ Mark Rabago

The Northern Marianas College has among the lowest fees of colleges in the region including institutions in American Samoa, Palau, Hawaii and Guam.

The college has been allocated $4.4 million by the Commonwealth government for the 2016 fiscal year compared to $4.9 million the previous year.

In 2003, the college was appropriated $8 million.