The Crowder College Board of Trustees approved a 5 percent tuition increase at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 29.
In February, the board postponed discussion on a tuition increase in order to obtain more information on future state budget cuts. At the March meeting, Dr. Alan Marble, Crowder College president, reported that budget cuts will likely be between 8 percent and 12.5 percent.
Marble recommended the following tuition increases: $4 per credit hour for in-district tuition; $5 per credit hour for in-state tuition; and $6 per credit hour for out-of-state and international tuition. The increases are designed to replace lost funding in the event of an 8 percent state budget cut.
Statewide, colleges are increasing tuition between $4 and $9 per credit hour, said Marble.
The board asked Marble why he recommended a 5 percent increase for an 8 percent or higher state budget cut. Marble said that state funding only provides about 17 percent of the college's total budget revenue. The college is receiving less state funding per student now than it did 10 years ago.
Marble said Crowder College is "making every effort to be as fair as possible to students." If further withholdings are made throughout the year, a more drastic increase could be needed next year to offset the loss in revenue.
The board approved the tuition increase recommendation. The new tuition rates are $77 per credit hour for in-district students, $105 per credit hour for in-state students and $134 per credit hour for out-of-state and international students.
The new tuition rates will be applied to the college's early enrollment, which begins this month.
Following a recommendation by Gov. Jay Nixon, Crowder College increased tuition by $5 per credit hour last year. Prior to 2011, the college's tuition rates remained flat for three years.