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Board OKs 2.9-percent tuition hike

Board OKs 2.9-percent tuition hike
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  • On April 18, 2019

By Sarah Barney
Associate Editor

Students who will be at LCC for fall of 2019 can expect a slight increase in tuition costs.

The LCC Board of Trustees approved a 2.9-percent increase at its March 18 meeting. This increase will affect student of all residency statuses, with non in-district students potentially having a 3-percent increase.

For in-district students like Brett Bujdos, a business management major, this would be $3 more per credit hour. The new total per credit hour would be $108.

“I feel like (increasing tuition is) a normal thing that’s been occurring over the past 10 years,” Bujdos said. “There’s nothing much that people can do about it, so it’s just happening.”

In fact, LCC’s tuition is raised almost every year, although the amounts change. Last year, trustees agreed upon a 1.9-percent tuition increase. In 2016, it was raised 12.5 percent.

Tarryn Salmon, a dental hygiene major, said that she was OK with the raises.

“For the education that we get, it balances out,” Salmon said. “We’re paying for it. I’m in a great program.”

A release for the decision states that LCC will still remain below Michigan’s current in-district tuition average of $114.

“It think it’s great for kids that go to LCC to pay a rate that’s less than the average school in Michigan,” Bujdos said. “It’s a big deal to come out of college with one or two years without debt.”

In addition to increasing tuition rates, trustees approved raising the student support fee from $11 to $15.

A press release states that the pricing structure keeps costs down for in-state, out-of-state and international students, because the fee is the same regardless of residency.

For more information on tuition and costs, visit https://www.lcc.edu/admissions-financial-aid/tuition-and-costs/. As of publication, the information is not updated to reflect the approved changes.

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