HANCEVILLE, Ala – Tuition will not increase at Wallace State Community College for the 2021-2022 academic year, said Wallace State President Vicki Karolewics. That follows an announcement Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker made on Wednesday in reference to a tuition freeze at Alabama Community College System colleges. In addition, as a result of the declining number of reported COVID cases and an increase in the number of students, faculty and staff taking advantage of access to the COVID vaccine, Wallace State has resumed normal, on-campus operations, and expects to continue to serve students with a full complement of classes on campus and online for the Summer and Fall 2021 semesters.
“The well-being of our students has remained our top priority throughout the pandemic. Their health and safety has been first and foremost in our plans. We have focused also on those aspects of a college education that make it possible for students to attend and to be successful, whether they are coming to us straight from high school or returning for a GED and entry into a career pathway program,” said Dr. Karolewics. “Tuition is a major factor in college accessibility, and our wraparound services that have allowed us to be recognized nationally as a Caring Campus ensure that students are able to remain enrolled and finish.”
The freeze on tuition is just one of the ways Wallace State is expanding access to higher education, including a Community Scholarship initiative featuring a tuition discount for at-risk populations for the spring semester. Wallace State has also made hundreds of laptops available for student loan to ensure that access to course materials will not be an obstacle to course completion.
Wallace State will continue to adhere to stringent health and safety protocols and follow and execute all local, state and federal guidance related to social distancing protocols. While contingency plans are in place should there be a need to modify plans for full operation, class and training delivery methods will continue to keep student success and the safety of students, faculty, staff and visiting community members a priority. Any alterations to Wallace State’s operational plan will be posted on the college’s website.
WALLACE STATE FAST FACTS
- Tuition at Wallace State is $133 per credit hour, which is less than half the cost of tuition at the state’s four-year colleges and universities
- Wallace State is part of the Alabama Community College System, which served more than 159,000 students last year
- 99% of Wallace State’s students are from Alabama
- 87% of community college students in Alabama receive financial aid
- Wallace State offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs