Lincoln, NE-- On Tuesday, Southeast Community College Board of Governors approved a $3 per credit hour increase in tuition rate for 2014-2015.
The Board’s vote raises the price of one quarter credit hour at SCC to $58.50, effective July 1. Fees will remain $1.25 per hour, meaning Nebraska residents will pay $59.75 per quarter credit hour during the 2014-2015 academic year. Nonresidents will pay $72 per hour in tuition, plus the $1.25 per hour in fees for a total of $73.25 per hour.
SCC college freshman, Holly Goodwin said she works a minimum wage job in Seward, but continues to struggle paying her college tuition.
An additional $3.00 per credit hour might not seem like much, but for Nebraska students that’s an extra $135.00 a year out of pocket
“We think it’s beneficial to the students,” said President of SCC Student Senate, Ken Chrisman.” In that it's going to allow the college to offer the same programs that they're doing now.”
SCC’s administrative director, Stu Osterthun said the hike is because of a decline in student enrollment between all of SCC’s campuses. Osterthun said the increase in tuition will alleviate some of the $1.1 million they have lost in revenue this year.
“We understand it's expensive,” said Osterthun. “But it’s the most affordable higher education in Nebraska.”
Compared to other schools like UNL, students pay $216 per credit hour; for out-of-state students, $660.25.
For Mid Plain Community College, students pay $77 per credit hour; for out-of-state students, $100.
For Central Community College, students pay $88 per credit hour; for out-of-state students, $120 per credit hour.
Holly Goodwin plans to take a break from school to work for more money, so she can keep up with bills next quarter.