The Alabama Community College System's Chancellor Jimmy Baker has announced tuition will not increase for the 2021-2022 academic year. 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, the ACCS anticipates all community college campuses in the state will resume normal, on-campus operations for the Fall 2021 semester.

“This year has been difficult for many Alabamians and access to education and skills training shouldn’t be something that makes it harder. By freezing tuition and ensuring online, in-person, and hybrid classes are available at Alabama’s 24 community colleges, we’re doing our part to expand opportunities for coursework and training to help Alabamians build a better future,” said Chancellor Baker.

“From the beginning of the pandemic, our number one priority has been the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and it will continue to be our primary focus as we work to safely reopen our campuses across the state.”

Bishop State President Dr. Reggie Sykes says he looks forward to students returning to campus.

"The health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students is our top priority here at Bishop State," says Dr. Sykes. "We know how vital face-to-face instruction is to the success of our students and we look forward to having them back on campus. Bringing students back to campus this fall gives us time to ensure this transition to normal operations is done so as safely as possible. We are excited to bring them back!"

The freeze on tuition is one of many efforts Alabama’s community colleges have rolled out this year to expand access to higher education, including a statewide Community Scholarship program featuring a tuition discount for buy-one-get-one-free classes at ACCS colleges for the spring semester. ACCS colleges also deployed 10,500 laptops to students to help ensure access to course materials was not an obstacle to course completion.

The 24 colleges in the Alabama Community College System adhere to stringent health and safety protocols at all college campuses 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 at each college.

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