CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Community college students will pay $6 more per credit hour for in-state tuition starting in the fall 2016 semester.

Wyoming Community College Commission members voted to increase rates, with several academic officials voicing support.

Commissioners Wendy Sweeny and Sherri Lovercheck voted not to increase tuition. Sweeney supported a $5 per-credit hike, while Lovercheck noted that a recent increase in unemployment could mean higher enrollment.

Eastern Wyoming College President Richard Patterson said a reduction in staff is likely amid a tight fiscal situation.

Laramie County Community College President Joe Schaffer said action was needed in light of legislative cuts.

Commission Executive Director Jim Rose said the Legislature reduced state funding by $2.5 million in addition to a 1.5 percent reduction over the next two years.

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