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Posted: 01/30/13

Tuition rates, fees to go
up at MCC for 2013-2014

      At its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 15, the Macomb Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees took action to set fees and tuition rates for 2013-2014.
       Resident tuition will increase by $3 to $89 per credit hour, and an additional $5 per credit hour technology and facility fee will now be assessed.
       The new fee and tuition rates are designed to address the significant financial challenges that Macomb is continuing to manage, including decline in property tax revenue, continued increases in mandated expenditures, such as retirement system payments, and the failure of a Nov. 2012 ballot proposal that was to fund necessary facilities and technology upgrades to the college's aging infrastructure, much of which is more than 40 years old.    
       "The board has carefully evaluated the steps taken by the college over the past several years to manage its increasingly compromised traditional revenue streams," said James F. Kelly, chair, MCC Board of Trustees. "Taking into account the efficiencies already implemented, including staffing reductions, salary freezes and savings achieved through employee health care plan management, we recognized that Macomb would need to join the majority of community colleges in the region and throughout the state by implementing a fee to support necessary technology and facilities expenditures designed to support student success and meet community needs for meaningful educational opportunities."
       Dr. Jim Jacobs, president of MCC, said the community relies on MCC as an indispensable resource for providing accessible and affordable education and training opportunities "critical to personal and community economic vitality."
       "We're committed to a balanced fiscal approach to support strategic and systematic investment not only to preserve Macomb's infrastructure and ability to deliver affordable, relevant education, but to retain our responsive posture in creating learning environments that support the emerging demands of New Economy careers," he said.
       All of MCC's tuition rates will increase approximately 3.5 percent beginning with the fall 2013 semester.
       MCC provides learning experiences to more than 48,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks among the top 25 for associate degrees awarded and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.

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