By the numbers
Average cost for full-time student at state-assisted two-year colleges in Ohio: $4,053.
Current cost for full-time LCCC student: $2,977.
Cost for full-time LCCC student beginning summer 2014: $3,077
Current per credit hour cost: $114.50.
Per credit hour cost beginning summer 2014: $118.34.
ELYRIA – For the fifth time in six years, Lorain County Community College will raise tuition to take effective summer semester.
The increase of $3.84 per credit hour is roughly 3.3 percent over the current tuition rate. It comes out to an additional $99 an academic year for a full-time student. With a blanket tuition policy, full-time students can take anywhere between 13 to 18 credit hours for the cost of the first 13.
The college’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve the increase Thursday afternoon. It will affect roughly 15,000 students – 12,000 at the associate degree level and 3,000 enrolled in the University Partnership.
The increase comes on the heels of a successful, yet narrowly won, levy in November, where voters approved a measure to generate $12 million annually to expand faculty, technology and programming at the college's University Partnership.
College President Roy Church said the increase falls in line with the financial funding strategy that started the college with students, community and state stakeholders all paying a share. However, LCCC now receives 20 percent less per student in state share of instruction than in 2000.
“While we are not happy to seek this increase, no matter how modest it may be, it is necessary in order to maintain quality of educational programs and services to help students gain the skills and education they need to succeed in careers,” he said.
The hike also falls in line with a pattern established several years ago. Similar 3.5 percent tuition increases were approved in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The 2009 increase had marked the first in three years.
Tracy Green, the college's vice president for strategic and institutional development, said even with the increase the college’s tuition is still the second lowest in the state of all the other 23 community colleges.
“We are very proud of our community that has stepped forward in support of Lorain County Community College, but we also have to call upon our students to do their part to maintain the quality education they receive,” she said. “This is a slight increase, but our students still pay less for their education but are earning more upon graduation than other community college graduates and that is because of the high quality of education received at LCCC in their chosen field.”
Green said the college has made roughly $8 million in cuts over two years and will continue to do more by not filling positions and increasing work schedules for staff.