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Students at East Central College will see a small increase in tuition for the upcoming fall semester.


ECC trustees unanimously approved the increase at their March 3 meeting. 


Tuition for in-district  students will increase $1 to $76 per credit hour.  Out-of-district students will pay $111 per credit hour which is $5 more than the current rate.  Tuition for out-of-state students will go up $8 per credit hour to $168, while the tuition rate for international students also climbs $8 per credit hour to $181.


"No increase in tuition is taken lightly," stated Dr. Jon Bauer, college president.  "We are committed to being affordable for students, while at the same time providing outstanding quality."  He noted that the college was able to hold the line on tuition for six straight years, with increases only made since 2011.  "We are committed to being affordable for students, while at the same time providing the quality and breadth of programs and services our students need," he said.  "Attending a community college has always been a great way for students to combat the rising cost of education.  Whether they transfer to a four year institution or enter the work force, our students are well prepared to take that next step."


"We recognize that due to the decrease in assessed valuation, residents within the college district have a higher property tax levy than last year," noted Bauer.  "For that reason, the change in the in-district tuition rate is lower than that of rates outside our taxing district."


The new tuition rate for in-district students is a 1.3 percent increase over the previous $75 per credit hour charge, and a 4.7 percent increase for out-of-district, out-of-state and international students.


General fees will remain at $19 per credit hour.  That is broken down into $3.50 for support services, $5 for technology, $5 for facilities and $5.50 for student activities.


For a full-time, in-district student taking 30 credit hours a year, the increase in tuition and fees will mean an additional cost of just $30," noted Bauer.  "An out-of-district student will pay an additional $150 if enrolled in 30 credit hours for the academic year."


Revenue from the tuition increase is expected to generate approximately $185,000 in the general fund.  "We hope to see an increase in state aid this year," said Bauer.   "Some growth in local tax revenue is also likely."


Fee Additions and Modifications
Fees were adjusted for several nursing classes and those changes will be effective for the 2014 fall semester.  Many of the fee changes are associated with increases in laboratory costs and assessment fees.  Jean McCann, vice president of instruction, noted that there is a new $40 admissions testing fee for the nursing program.  The nursing department has moved away from the required ACT score and is instead using the HESI A2 test.
At their March 3 meeting, college trustees also dealt with a number of personnel matters.
Three administrators were reappointed for the 2015 fiscal year.  They include Joel Doepker, vice president of external relations; Jean McCann, vice president of instruction; and Phil Pena, vice president of finance and administration.
Trustees also accepted the retirement of Ina "Cookie" Hays, current vice president of student development.
Hays will retire June 30 after 41 years with the college.  In 1971 she enrolled at what was then East Central Junior College when classes were held in temporary facilities throughout Union.  Hays completed her AAS degree the summer of 1973, about the same time she was hired as a secretary at the college.  The following year she was promoted to administrative secretary to the instructional dean, and served as assistant to ECC's chief academic officer until 1988.  She then moved to Student Services, serving as an academic advisor for 10 years.
She became interim director of counseling in 1998 and in 2000 became ECC's director of counseling and career services.  For the past 13 years she has been ECC's chief student affairs officer.  Hays earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Maryville University and went on to complete her master's degree in counseling at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
"Cookie is a great asset to the institution and will be missed," Bauer said.  "She is passionate about our students and has always worked to make sure they receive the support and services needed to be successful at ECC."
In other personnel matters, trustees authorized changes to the adjunct faculty list for the 2014 spring semester.
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