On Tuesday the Southeast Community
College Board of Governors voted 7-3 to increase tuition by $2 per quarter
credit hour effective July 1.
Three Board members had spoken in
favor of a dollar increase. Board members Ruth Johnson, Helen Griffin and Ed
Price voted against the $2 increase. Board member Bob Feit did not attend the
Ernest Brodecky, Lincoln Campus
Student Senate president and student representative to the BOG, said if the
cost of tuition was increased, students would expect to see some benefits.
“Students are fine with an
increase as long as they see something in return,” he said. “Students won’t
notice a $2 increase.”
With the increase, Nebraska resident
students will pay $60.50 per quarter credit hour. Non-residents will pay $74.50
per quarter credit hour. The Board left Student Fees at $1.25 per quarter
credit hour for all students.
Dr. Paul Illich, SCC president,
said it was important for the College to keep the cost of tuition affordable
since that provides a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Four of the five other community
colleges in the state have set their tuition and fee rates for 2015-16. Central
Community College raised its rate 2.17 percent to $94 per semester credit hour
($82 tuition and $12 fees), Mid-Plaines increased its rate 2.13 percent to $96
per semester credit hour ($81 tuition and $15 fees), Northeast increased its
rate 4.46 percent to $105.50 per semester credit hour ($86 tuition and $19.50
fees), and Western increased its rate 4.81 percent to $109 per semester credit
hour ($91.50 tuition and 17.50 fees). Metro’s Board will not set its rate until
If SCC’s quarter credit hour rate is
converted to a semester rate, the new figures would be $92.63 per hour ($90.75
tuition and $1.88 fees). SCC’s rate increase is 3.35 percent.