The Highland Community College Board of Trustees approved a $3-per-credit-hour tuition increase for the upcoming fall semester during a March 18 meeting.
In addition to that, another $2-per-credit-hour increase for the following spring semester was approved, if needed. That increase would need board action and would be decided prior to registration for that semester.
The original tuition increase suggested was for $5-per-credit-hour, but that was amended to the split increase. Tuition for students in Highland's district will now rise to $118-per-credit-hour for fall and to $120-per-credit-hour in spring, upon further approval from the board. The senior citizen rate will go up to $86-per-credit-hour in the fall and up to $90 if needed.
A statement from Highland said decreased state and local revenue were behind the rise in tuition.
Vice President of Administrative Services Jill Janssen said the college only expects to see an increase of about one percent for expenses from Fiscal Year 2013 to budgeted Fiscal Year 2014.
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