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IVCC tuition increase is recommended

Credit hour to cost 10 percent more

OGLESBY — The Illinois Valley Community College board’s Audit/Finance Committee will recommend to the full board a nearly 10 percent tuition increase effective this summer, due to flat state support and declining property tax revenue.

Following a presentation by Vice President for Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema on Jan. 29, the committee will recommend tuition go from $93.60 to $103.60 per credit beginning with the summer session.

When the $7.40 universal fee is added, total credit hour cost will be $111. Roelfsema said the state average for tuition and universal fees is currently $112.65. Compared to four-year institutions (tuition only), students at Northern Illinois University paid $296 per credit hour this year, Illinois State University $335 and the University of Illinois $394.

Throughout the course of a year, a full-time IVCC student taking 30 credit hours would pay $3,330.

“This action is being recommended due to our anticipating that state funding will remain the same as last year, and lower property values will result in a decrease in property tax levies,” said Roelfsema.

In addition, the committee will recommend increases in course fees for 79 classes, decreases in 28 and the elimination of one course fee.

The full board is expected to act upon the recommendations at 6 p.m. on Feb. 13.

In other business, the committee reviewed enrollment data for the Ottawa Center dating back to its August 2010 opening. The college’s five year lease with the city of Ottawa for the building at 321 W. Main expires June 30, 2015.

“The bottom line is the Ottawa Center has more effectively served 6,400 individuals in credit and non-credit classes and even more importantly has raised the college’s profile on the eastern half of our district,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. “The number of students choosing IVCC from our high schools to the east has been very strong. I believe students find the center convenient and well staffed.”

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