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home : news : local   March 26, 2015

2/20/2013 5:53:00 AM
IVCC tuition, fees to increase 10 percent


Kevin Caufield
Staff Writer



Costs are going up for Illinois Valley Community College students.
Illinois Valley Community College board members voted 6-1 to approve a 10 percent overall increase in the tuition to $101 from $91.77. Tuition will increase to $93.60 per credit hour from $84.38. The college’s universal fee will go up one penny to $7.40. Board member David Mallery voted against.
The tuition hike will take effect for the summer semester.
IVCC’s overall rate is now a little less than the $99.94 other college students pay at similar Illinois community colleges. High school students enrolled in Early Entry College courses will pay $46.80 per hour, one-half the tuition rate and no universal fee.
Declining property values throughout the district combined with decreased state funding are taking its toll on the college’s bottom line. Annual state funding has steadily dropped during the past five years by $600,000 while property values in the past two years have dropped $70 million.
The college has tried to reign in expenses in anticipation of poor economic pressures in a number of ways.
For example, IVCC spends a significant portion of its budget on instructor salaries and benefits. But over the past two years the college has found ways to decrease its instruction salary costs by $300,000 and keep instructor benefits relatively stagnant.
During Tuesday’s meeting, board member Michael Driscoll presented another way the board can save money: the board agreed to cut most of its travel budget.
“In these times of financial trouble the board should do the same as we’re asking all departments,” Driscoll said. “We shouldn’t increase our budget. It comes down to where do you want your dollars to go? I’d rather they go for education.”

Kevin Caufield can be reached at (815) 220-6932 or countyreporter@newstrib.com.












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