In a move designed to soften the economic impact faced by most Bucks County residents amid the Coronavirus pandemic, Bucks County Community College’s board of trustees voted Thursday to keep tuition at its current rate for the 2020-21 academic year. The unanimous vote took place April 9 during the board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting, which was held remotely and streamed in real-time on the college’s YouTube channel. For the 2020-21 academic year, tuition remains at $165 a credit for Bucks County residents, $330 a credit for Pennsylvanians who live outside of Bucks, and $495 a credit for out-of-state residents. Fees also remain unchanged. A typical returning student – a Bucks County resident taking a full-time course load of 12 credits a semester – will pay about $4898 in tuition and fees for the 2020-21 academic year. The college has been operating remotely since March 16, following state guidelines to close non-essential businesses. On April 8, the college announced to students and faculty that remote operations will continue through the end of the Spring semester. The college’s annual commencement will also take place remotely using online technology on May 28, with details to be announced later.