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Sauk approves tuition increase

Students will pay $4 per credit hour starting this fall

DIXON – Tuition at Sauk Valley Community College will be going up $4 per credit hour starting in the fall.

The Sauk Board approved the across-the-board increase Monday, upping the in-district and online rate from $123 to $127 per credit hour, and the out-of-district rate from $332 to $336.

Sauk President David Hellmich said they had hoped to keep tuition flat, but it was needed because of an 11 percent increase in health insurance costs and uncertainty with state funding.

Last year, tuition went up $12 per credit hour as the college faced a $1.6 million budget shortfall at the time, during the 2-year budget stalemate in Springfield.

Though tuition costs are going up, so is the amount of scholarship dollars distributed by the Sauk Foundation.

Lori Cortez, dean of foundation, grants and government relations, said the foundation board approved releasing $30,000 more in scholarships Tuesday, totaling about $107,000 – the bump wasn’t because of the tuition hike but rather a successful year with the foundation.

“We’re excited to extend these opportunities and offer more in scholarships to students,” she said.

The college’s current tuition rate is the 13th lowest among 39 community colleges throughout the state, and Hellmich said out of 17 colleges that submitted information on proposed tuition hikes for fiscal year 2019, the average increase is $3.35 per credit hour.

NEXT MEETING

The Sauk Valley Community College Board of Trustees next meets at 6 p.m. March 26 in the third floor board room at the college, 173 state Route 2.

Call 815-288-5511, go to svcc.edu or find Sauk Valley Community College on Facebook for an agenda or more information.

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