Southeast Community College’s Board of Governors voted to increase tuition and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday.
Effective July 1, 2011, Nebraska residents will pay $3 more per quarter credit hour in tuition and 25 cents more per quarter credit hour in fees. After some discussion of the options presented, the Board voted for an increase that Dr. Jack Huck, SCC president, said is “a responsible choice.”
Huck gave the Board results of numerous recommendations from teams comprised of SCC employees, as well as the Student Senates on each campus. Senates on the Beatrice and Lincoln campuses recommended a $4 per hour increase, while the Milford Campus Student Senate voted for a $3 increase.
“Our students continue to believe that they receive an outstanding product for the price they experience,” Huck said.
The Board’s action means that in-state students will pay $51 per quarter credit hour in tuition and $1.25 per quarter credit hour in fees effective July 1. Non-residents will pay $63 per quarter credit hour in tuition and $1.25 per quarter credit hour in fees.
“This still keeps us the lowest (most affordable) in the state,” Board member Helen Griffin said.
Historically, SCC has approved modest increases in tuition each year. The following chart lists the tuition rate per quarter credit hour since 2002.
2002 – $30.00
2003 – $31.50
2004 – $33.50
2005 – $36.00
2006 – $39.00
2007 – $42.00
2008 – $45.00
2009 – $47.00
2010 – $47.00
2011 – $48.00
2012 – $51.00
The Board also approved a 4-percent increase in room and board rates for students living in residence halls on the Beatrice Campus, and a 3- to 4-percent increase for students living in residence halls on the Milford Campus.
Prior to the vote on tuition, the Board discussed revenue projections based on a number of assumptions, including a recommendation from Gov. Heineman and the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee to keep state aid to community colleges at current levels. The Board also briefly discussed property taxes. SCC’s three sources of funding are state aid, property taxes and tuition.