In a 2021 report by StudentLoanHero.com, Coahoma Community College was named as the most affordable HBCU in the Nation. The company examined tuition and fee data from the 2019-20 school year in order to rank the most affordable public and private historically black colleges and universities in the United States. Today, there are over 100 HBCUs across the U.S. granting degrees to students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Coahoma Community College President Dr. Valmadge T. Towner is pleased with these findings and hopes the results reap continued growth.
“We are proud of the deliberate actions that we take to offer excellence and quality relative to the educational services that we provide for our constituents and students at an affordable cost,” said Towner.
Coahoma Community College offers its students more than 61 university-parallel degree programs, eight Health Science programs, and 17 Career and Technical Education programs. The College offers classes online, in the classroom, and at extension sites within its five-county service area of Bolivar, Coahoma, Tallahatchie, Tunica, and Quitman counties.
“We are a great higher education provider that is also economically friendly to students. We appreciate the recognition and vow to always offer an exceptional education at a nominal cost,” Towner added.
Coahoma offers a nurturing environment for learning on one of the safest college campuses in the state of Mississippi, as reported by the State Department of Education. CCC has a wide array of activities that allow its students to develop socially and options for leadership growth and community involvement outside of the classroom. Many of these aspects are supported through state funds but also through charitable giving from individuals and corporate sponsors.
“We also do a superb job in securing external funds through our partners, and those funds are made available to assist students financially. So, our partners allow us to help students,” Towner added. “Also, we have a lot of moving parts. Our board of trustees, our staff all are very sensitive to ensuring that our students are not financially burdened. We’re mindful whenever we are about to raise tuition as to how much and how frequently. We try to be good stewards of our funds, so this is an essential component as well.”
Beyond Coahoma’s affordability for students, Towner sees the enriching and high-performing academic and vocational offerings as the true star of Coahoma’s ongoing achievements.
“We offer a good education, actually for the cost. Our career-tech or CTE Division offers exceptional instruction in a diverse range of trades,” said Towner. “We have highly-ranked health sciences programs. So not only are we affordable, but we’re also pretty good.”