In this tight economy full-time employees at Blinn College in Brenham and Bryan are getting the largest raises they've seen in the last five years.
News 3 learned how Blinn College is being able to pay for the raises and why it came as a surprise to even them.
Brandon Williams is new at his job as a Veterans Benefits Advisor at Blinn College in Bryan and he's already getting a surprise.
He and all full-time employees in Bryan and Brenham are getting a three percent raise or at least a $1,000 more for the coming year.
"I was excited. It was a blessing to hear because I just started four months ago. It's an overwhelming job. It's a lot of work, so the raise was very welcomed," said Williams.
Paula Holland is an Administrative Assistant here and just found out about the bump in pay Monday.
"I'm excited. It's gonna help pay daycare you know, gas is going up. I have an 18-year-old daughter who needs gas to make it back and forth to school so you know it's gonna help," said Holland.
The plan will also help offset higher healthcare costs for employees covering themselves and family members.
Thursday the Blinn Board of Trustees approved the plan for instructors and staff. The $1,035,000 cost is coming from state funds the college didn't know they'd be getting.
"In the past if you saw an increase in enrollment say in 2011 you wouldn't see an increase in compensation from the state until 2013. Now they've gone to an annual system of compensating universities and colleges for their contact hours," said Brandon Webb, Assistant Director of Marketing and Media Relations for Blinn College.
"Blinn is growing; there's a lot more students. There's a lot more veterans, so the extra pay helps the extra work, be a lot more comfortable," added Brandon Williams.
A little extra cash to help with extra costs as many of us are trying to spend less however we can.
The Blinn College Board of Trustees also approved a one time increase of $600 for full-time faculty members. They normally receive a $400 a year salary increase already, per their contracts.
They are also expecting a five to ten percent reduction in funding from the state and raised tuition and fees for students last year.