Thursday, May 12, 2016

Oakton Community College to raise tuition, cut classes without adequate state funding - Renzo Downey, Daily Northwestern

Oakton Community College is cutting costs and raising tuition amid the Illinois budget impasse despite the emergency higher education appropriations signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner on April 25. Oakton, which has campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie, is guaranteed to receive $1.4 million from the state, but the amount is much lower than the $4.5 million usually granted each ordinary fiscal year due to the ongoing Illinois budget crisis, college officials said. As a result, the college has decided to raise tuition by 10 percent for the upcoming academic year and, if it does not receive more funding from the state, may increase the raise to 20 percent, Oakton vice chair Bill Stafford said.

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