Macomb Community College raises tuition rates again

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published May 1, 2012

Macomb Community College students will have to pay a little more per credit hour for the 2012-13 school year.

At a Board of Trustees meeting April 17, the board authorized by a 5-0 vote an approximate 2 percent increase effective fall 2012.

Chairperson Jim Kelly, Secretary Connie Bolanowski, Treasurer Nancy Falcone, and trustees Joseph DeSantis and Charley Jackson voted in favor of the new tuition rate. Vice Chairperson Christine Bonkowski and Trustee Roseanne DiMaria were absent.

According to a college press release, MCC “is continuing to manage significant fiscal challenges, including a $12.3 million decline in property tax revenue over three years and continued increases in mandated expenditures.” One such expense includes a projected $2.9 million increase in payments to the Michigan Public Schools Employees’ Retirement System.

The following tuition increases will apply for the next school year: Resident tuition will increase from $84 to $86 per credit hour, and nonresident tuition will increase from $128 to $131 per credit hour.

Out-of-state or foreign students tuition rates will increase from $167 to $170 per credit hour. Students not residing in areas served by a community college will pay $108 per credit hour instead of $106, and variable (contract) rates will increase from $84 per credit hour to $86.

This is the third time in three years tuition rates have increased at the college.

In April 2011, the MCC Board of Trustees authorized a 5 percent tuition increase for the 2011-12 school year. One year earlier, the board majority approved an 11 percent increase in tuition for the 2010-2011 school year.