NICEVILLE — Northwest Florida State College’s board of trustees has voted unanimously to approve the college’s budget for the 2019-20 academic year with no increases to tuition or fees.

It will  be the sixth consecutive year the board has held tuition flat for students.

“NWF State College remains committed to being the first choice for accessible, affordable and relevant higher education,” board Chairman Brian Pennington said.

The college is also focused on decreasing general education textbook costs. The average cost of a new general education textbook decreased from $87.03 in the spring of 2018 to $79.29 in the spring of 2019. To ensure consistency in instruction and to reduce costs to students with bulk pricing, the college requires all sections of a general education course to use the same textbook.

Exceptions are only granted for pilot projects or student benefit. All general education textbooks and instructional materials remained and will remain in use for more than one term.

“We want to provide the absolute best educational experience for our students,” NWF State President Devin Stephenson said.

The board of trustees also has voted to extend Stephenson's term of employment contract through June 30, 2022. In addition, the board of trustees elected Brian Pennington to serve as chairman and Lori Kelley to serve as vice chairwoman.