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Spokane community colleges luring Idaho students

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SPOKANE, Wash - Community Colleges of Spokane is lowering its tuition for out-of-state students.

The Spokane school with five campuses hopes to poach people from North Idaho College to programs it offers - but the Coeur d'Alene-based school doesn't. Those programs include aviation maintenance, airway science, cosmetology, dental assisting and physical therapist assistant.

Quarterly fees for 2006-2007 to $1064 for 15 credits - down from $1,392. That's just $68 more than the $996 per-semester cost for Kootenai County students to attend North Idaho College. And it's about $400 less than the $1,496 that Idaho students from outside Kootenai County must pay to attend N-I-C. Enrollment at North Idaho is already declining, creating budget-cut concerns.

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