Trustees voting Tuesday on tuition, fee hike

Trustees voting Tuesday on tuition, fee hike

Increase, if OK'd, takes effect for summer semester

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College trustees on Tuesday will vote on a proposed tuition and fee hike.

Under a plan unveiled in February, tuition would go from $108 per credit hour to $110. The technology and student activities fee would rise from $12 per credit hour to $15.

A full-time student with a class load of 15 hours a semester would pay an additional $75 per semester.

If approved, the increase would take effect for the summer semester.

The increase would generate about $200,000 in additional revenue for the college, if enrollment remains at the current level. Officials said it's needed to help offset projected decreases in state funding, the end of an income tax increase and rising insurance benefit costs.

In past years, tuition and fees, property taxes and state revenue each accounted for about one-third of the college's operating budget revenue, according to Chief Financial Officer Tammy Clark-Betancourt.

However, she said, that's shifted with the decline of state funding and local property tax revenue.

This year, tuition and fees made up close to 40 percent of the college's operating fund revenue of about $6.1 million. Local property tax made up about 30 percent, and state funding accounted for 28 percent.

DACC President Alice Jacobs said she believes the increased rate is still "a good bargain." While it would be slightly higher than the state average — a little more than $112 per credit hour — she said it would still be lower than other community colleges that are the same size and others in central Illinois.

Key vote

What: Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees meeting

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Vermilion Hall, Room 302, at the campus, 2000 E. Main St

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