Students attending Chadron, Peru and Wayne State Colleges next year will pay more in tuition.
The Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees has approved a 3.5% increase in tuition for in-state, undergraduate students. The per credit hour cost at the three campuses will rise $4.75 for a resident undergraduate student to $71.25.
NSCS Chancellor Stan Carpenter says the board sought to keep the tuition hike as low as possible.
“In a perfect world, we’d love to not even charge tuition, but clearly we don’t live in that kind of perfect world and if we want to continue to offer the high-quality educational services we provide, we have to have resources to do that,” Carpenter tells Nebraska Radio Network. “So, it’s a balancing effect.”
Online tuition will increase from the current $10 per credit hour to $12.50. The board has approved a system-wide tuition rate for dual enrollment courses taken by high school students. It will now be set at $50 per credit hour at all three campuses.
Carpenter says the board kept in mind students in outstate Nebraska who come to Chadron, Peru and Wayne State seeking a higher education.
“We are in rural Nebraska. We anchor the corners of rural Nebraska. We are critically important to the vitality of rural Nebraska and helping to sustain rural Nebraska,” according to Carpenter. “So, those are things that are very important to the board of trustees of the Nebraska State College System and those of us who work here.”
The cost of graduate students will rise $6 per credit hour for on-campus graduate courses.