ELYRIA — Students at Lorain County Community College will pay a little more in tuition starting with the summer semester.
The college’s Board of Trustees voted Thursday to increase tuition rates by $10 per hour. This sets tuition and general fees at $116.98 per credit hour for tuition and $7.07 per credit hour for general and technology fees.
It amounts to an 8.77 percent increase over the current rates, which college officials said have been the same since 2014. Right now, students are paying $107.55 per credit hour for tuition and $6.50 per credit hour for general and technology fees.
College President Marcia Ballinger said LCCC still is a tremendous value when compared with other two-year institutions in Ohio and even with the adjustment and based on current tuition rates, LCCC’s tuition is the fifth lowest in the state. The tuition adjustment supports programming, technology, labs and student services.
“Lorain County Community College provides the best value in Ohio to its students, and this adjustment will allow us to continue investing in their success,” Ballinger said. “We understand that even slight increases like this one can be difficult, but our graduates get a strong return on their investment in their education and we are working to reduce costs in other areas for students like on the cost of textbooks.”
At LCCC, students also can save by taking classes in high school before coming to the college through the College Credit Plus Program, which is free to high school students; taking more classes per semester under the Blanket Tuition program, which allows students to take up to 18 credit hours for the price of 13 credits; and cutting the time they are in school by getting into one of the streamlined 3+1 programs, where students take three years of a bachelor’s degree at LCCC’s tuition rate and one year at a public college or university.
There also are multiple college scholarships available.
College is an investment, Ballinger said.
“For every $1 our students spend on higher education, it equals $5 in lifetime earnings,” Ballinger said. “And our graduates contribute to our local, regional and state economies as over 80 percent find jobs in Ohio within the first year following graduation and others successfully transfer to a four-year institution having saved tens of thousands of dollars in college debt.”