Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Community college presidents vow to keep tuition hikes below $5 per hour

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - Community college presidents came to an agreement to ask their boards of trustees to keep tuition increases at $5 or below per credit hour for the upcoming academic year. The boards of trustees make the final decision regarding tuition increases. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
The Mineral Area College board of trustees had held back some money in anticipation of the reduction to keep the cost affordable for their students. 
Mineral Area College president Steven Kurtz says that the agreement will not affect his school's plans to make ends meet in the upcoming academic year.  
“Even before the Missouri community colleges {agreement}, we weren’t looking at more than a $5 increase anyway," Kurtz says. "We’re just in such a great position that we didn’t want to affect the quality of our programs.”   
The community college agreement arrives on the heels of Governor Jay Nixon’s announcement that higher education funding would only be cut by 7 percent, when more drastic reductions were widely anticipated. 

Rachel Weatherford


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