Montcalm Community College board OKs 5 to 7 percent tuition hike

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:31 am on Wednesday, April 11, 2012
MCC proposed tuition increase at a glance
Current    Proposed
In-district    $83    $87
Out-of-district    $153    $164
Out-of-state    $228    $244
Correspondence    $208    $233

SIDNEY — Montcalm Community College (MCC) will raise its tuition cost by 5 percent for in-district students and 7 percent for out-of-district students starting in the fall semester.

During the MCC Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night, the board approved the tuition increase but noted tuition rates will still be under the state average for Michigan community colleges.

“It has taken up a lot of discussion (throughout the administration),” said MCC President Robert Ferrentino.

MCC Vice President for Administrative Services James Lantz has researched the situation and compared MCC’s rates with other community colleges throughout the state.

A survey revealed that MCC’s tuition rates are 4 percent below state average and the total tuition and fees are 6 percent below state average, according to Ferrentino. He said with the increase, MCC will still be 2 or 3 percent below the state average.

While conducting research, Lantz said he found there are indications other community colleges will raise their tuition by at least 5 percent for the next school year.

This increase will bring the current rate for in-district students from $83 per credit hour to $87.
“Even with the increase, we will still be below the state average,” Lantz said.

He compared the current $83 rate with Grand Rapids Community College, which is $95.50 for in-district students, and Mid Michigan Community College, which is $88.

This increase in tuition was taken into consideration because the state will no longer reimburse MCC for taxes lost to Renaissance Zones and the state is expected to cut personal property taxes, according to Lantz.

“Those actions, coupled with the rejection of our Headlee override request, significantly restrict our non-tuition courses of revenue,” he wrote.

Also being increased is the College Service Fees that students pay. This will be increased from $9 to $14.
This is the only fee MCC charges its students compared to the multiple fees other community colleges charge, according to Ferrentino.

“It always troubles me to see us raise tuition,” said MCC Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Robert Marston.

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