In a 2022 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 2020-21 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
“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
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