Sunday, May 7, 2017

NMC considers increasing tuition amid enrollment declines - Mara Thompson, WPBN/WGTU

A decrease in student enrollment has Northwestern Michigan College considering increasing tuition. The board of trustees is meeting Monday night for the first discussion on the 2018 budget. The college is estimating a decrease in enrollment of more than 4 percent just from last year, which equals about $600,000 less in revenue. Enrollment in community colleges has been declining nationally. NMC officials say when unemployment declines, so does community college enrollment, because the job market is better. There are several scenarios the board is considering, where tuition would likely increase anywhere from 3.5 to 5 percent. That means a student taking 12 credits both semesters would see a price hike of 86 to 125 dollars for the year.

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