October 2, 2014

SCC prez: Community colleges try for tuition freeze *every* year

One of Governor Heineman’s budget initiatives this session is increasing state aid to the University of Nebraska and state college system to bring about a two-year tuition freeze. Jack Huck, the president of Southeast Community College, says they’re working to accomplish that same goal.

“We’re one of the few higher education institutions in the state who has some recent history with holding tuition at no increase,” Huck says. “We did that a couple of years ago.”

Huck says the school is always looking at the possibility of freezing tuition. He says he’ll take a careful look at what the governor is proposing.

Huck says the cost of higher education is a major concern, especially for community college students and their families.

“Our board of governors always expresses concern every year when we talk about tuition of, are there some students who are pricing out of higher education because of the tuition decisions we’re making?” Huck says.

A report to the SCC Board of Governors at their Milford Campus meeting on Tuesday showed the college receiving about $16-point-8 million in tuition revenue, through the first half of the current fiscal year. That’s more than 7% below the projection in the college’s budget.

SCC has three campuses, in Lincoln, Beatrice and Milford, and more than 20 off-campus sites in 15 counties.

By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice