The basic cost of a California community college education is rising dramatically… but it is still a relative bargain for students wishing to prepare for transfer to a four-year institution or for those who want career technical instruction. Fees for residents taking courses at Las Positas College are growing due to the current challenges with the California state budget. Two years ago, fees were $26 per credit; they are currently $36 and will rise to $47 shortly. The impact of these increases can be severe for many students but are still far less than the cost of tuition at four-year institutions.
The actual cost of attending Las Positas College involves far more than per-credit costs… challenging though those may be. In actuality, the full costs of higher education must also include payments for child care, transportation, and lost work & family time. Far and away the most easily quantified additional costs are for supplies – principally textbooks. A single text often costs in excess of $100 and can exceed $400. Sadly, these “extra” costs can force some students to attempt to take classes without textbooks or, worse, drop out of college.
The Las Positas College Foundation Textbook Challenge in a vehicle to fund a Book “Loaner” program. Managed by the Associated Students of Las Positas College, the program started in the Fall Semester 2009 as a daily check-out service of the College Library. Recently it was revised to permit use of textbooks for a full semester for a fee of just $30 per text with a three book limit.