In an acknowledgement that almost all OTC courses have an online element, the Ozarks Technical Community College Board of Trustees has voted to eliminate online course fees beginning June 1st. Currently, online students are charged a $65 fee for each course they attend. The board made the decision at its monthly meeting on Monday. To make up for the revenue that supports the infrastructure required to offer online education, the board voted to raise the student technology fee that all students pay to $19 per credit hour – an $11 increase. In the spring of this year, before COVID-19 forced all courses online, OTC had 4,776 online students and 2,098 of those students were exclusively online. Students who began the spring 2020 semester in an in-person course and later moved online due to COVID-19 were not charged an online course fee. At Monday’s board meeting, the trustees also voted to raise in-district tuition for the first time since the 2018-2019 school year. In-district, Tier I tuition for the 2020-2021 school year will increase by $4 per credit hour. Tiers II and III will increase by $3 per credit hour. Out-of-district and out-of-state tuition were increased in 2019, but remain unchanged for the 2020-2021 school year. Ozarks Technical Community College has campuses in Waynesville and Lebanon, as well as Springfield and several other communities in the Ozarks.