Tuition at Southeast Community College will rise almost six-percent this coming year.
The SCC Board of Governors on Tuesday approved a tuition hike of three dollars per credit hour, increasing the charge from $51 to $54.
College President Jack Huck says any of the options considered by the board, ranging as high as a nearly 10% increase, would have kept the college competitive.
A CEO advisory team and administration team both recommended the tuition increase approved by the college board on a 9-0 vote.
Student senates on the Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford Campuses, had favored an increase of closer to four-percent.
Board member Kathy Boellstorff of Johnson says the tuition hike means both students and taxpayers contribute a little more.
College officials point out that a large increase in agriculture land values may negate a property tax hike for the coming year.
Huck says SCC expects about a five-percent decline in enrollment this coming year, based on the current trend. With the increase in tuition, fees charged to students will remain the same as the past year.
Meeting on the Beatrice Campus Tuesday, the school’s board also approved a room and board increase for the coming year, which ranges between three and four-percent.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice