Detroit: Community college increases tuition by 11 percent

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Courtesy of The News Herald

DETROIT — The Wayne County Community College District Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to increase tuition by 11 percent for in-district students, effective in the fall.

Tuition will be $99 per credit hour for in-district students. The district includes all of Downriver.

Out-of-district students’ tuition was increased by 9 percent to $120 per credit hour, and out-of-state/international students’ tuition was increased by 7 percent to $150 per credit hour.

The tuition increase will generate nearly $3.9 million in additional revenue, assuming that enrollment remains at about 52,000 students.

“Clearly, this is not a decision we would make lightly,” Chancellor Curtis Ivery said. “Community colleges across the nation are facing the same economic challenges and reaching the same conclusion to increase tuition. In order to preserve our ability to continue to serve our students and offer the programs to turn this economy around, we need to be fiscally realistic and make sound management decisions.”

The college cited declining property tax revenues for the increase.

Property tax revenue comprises nearly half the district’s total annual revenue base. In addition, if the state eliminates personal property taxes, the college could lose more than $25 million annually, officials said.

The college has five locations, including its Downriver Campus at 21000 North Line Road, Taylor. That campus is home to the Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education and the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center.

The district includes 32 cities and townships covering more than 500 square miles.

The college’s website is wcccd.edu.

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