Tuition and fees will be rising at National Park Community College in Hot Springs by $9 per credit hour.
NPCC's Board of Trustees has voted to raise tuition nearly 7.5 percent - or $5 per hour - and to raise the technology fee by $3 per hour while adding a new $1 per hour activity-wellness fee.
One year's tuition and fees at NPCC will rise from $2,750 last year to $2,885 this year. Trustee Don Harrris told The Sentinel-Record that the increase is needed to offset declining enrollment.
NPCC had a record 4,161 students for the fall 2011 semester. The number fell to 3,566 in fall 2012 and officials are expecting 3,100 to 3,600 students this fall.
College officials say the improving economy is leading to students leaving college to take jobs.