Freeport’s Highland Community College tuition to increase

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FREEPORT — It will cost a little more to take classes at Highland Community College next fall.

The college’s board of trustees approved a $12 per credit hour increase at their March 21 meeting, according to a press release. A majority of Highland’s classes are three credit hours, so the average class will cost $36 more.

The increase is a result of a lack of funding from the state, the release said. In each of the past two years, Highland has received more than $1 million less than in 2015, and there is no clear indication of what the state’s budget will be in 2018, the release said.

State funding had been a main source of revenue since the inception of the Illinois Community College System, but the state is only expected to contribute about 5 percent of the school’s overall funding for the current fiscal year. Student tuition and fees and local property taxes are the main sources of revenue for operations costs, the release said.

In the past two years, the college has attempted to cut costs by reducing staff and employee benefits, negotiating costs with vendors and limiting expenses, the release said.

The new rate goes into effect during the fall semester. 

Derrick Mason: 815-232-0133; derrick.mason@journalstandard.com; @derrickhmason

 

 

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March 22, 2017 at 06:10AM

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Freeport’s Highland Community College tuition to increase

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