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Students share mixed emotions about tuition increases

A tuition hike of 26 percent over the past three years hasn’t deterred enrollment numbers at Olympic College this fall.

“The raw numbers are about 1 percent above for enrollment,” compared to last year, said Jennifer Hayes, Olympic College spokeswoman.

“Those numbers are raw. We don’t have firm numbers until the beginning of October.”

Last year, 11,637 students attended classes at the Bremerton, Poulsbo and Shelton branches.

Fall classes start Sept. 20.

Students on campus this week shared mixed opinions on the tuition increases.

“I’m 45 and just coming back to college,” said Debbie Stephenson. “If I was young it would be difficult, but I’ve wanted it long enough it is worth it.”

Stephenson is looking for a new a career and is taking general classes fall quarter.

“I’m not happy with the tuition increases,” said Julie Thomas, 19, outside the school’s student center. She doesn’t see where the extra money goes. “If it is put more toward student programs than I’m OK with it.”

Suzette Grubbs is a homeschool student who is taking running start classes at Olympic College. She plans on attending the school after graduating from High school.

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