RCC eyes tuition, some fee increases

Rogue Community College has proposed raising tuition $5 per credit to help balance its budget in the coming year.

RCC's Tuition and Fees Committee recommended the increase, which would raise the cost of each credit earned roughly 7 percent to $73 for in-state students. For out-of-state students, the per-credit cost would rise $6, or about 7.2 percent, to $89, while the per-credit cost for international students would increase $17, or nearly 7.5 percent, to $244.

The college surveyed students, and a $5-per-credit increase for most was a "comfortable level," said Lynda Warren, dean of college services and chief financial officer. Every $1 increase in tuition brings in about $110,000 for the college, Warren explained in a statement released by the college after the proposal was introduced.

In each of the past two years, RCC has increased tuition roughly 3 percent, or $2 per credit for in-state students.

RCC anticipates a $2 million reduction in state funding next year and is exploring ways to meet the shortfall, officials said.

The community college receives about a third of its revenue from tuition and student fees, a third from state reimbursement linked to enrollment and a third from local property taxes, officials said.

The Oregon Legislature hasn't yet determined state funding for community colleges for next year. However, RCC officials expect state support to decline, and they are developing a budget based on a state allocation of $440 million for community colleges, down from $500 million this year. That would whittle RCC's share to $6.3 million, down from about $8.3 million.

College officials also proposed increasing several fees.

The fee for a one-term bus pass, currently $20, would rise to $80. The college has worked with Rogue Valley Transportation District in Jackson County and Josephine County Transit to subsidize the cost of bus passes for students, but can no longer afford to do so at the same levels, Warren said. She noted that the proposed fee is still substantially less than equivalent passes covering three months purchased directly from the transportation districts.

A $9 increase, roughly 53 percent, is proposed for classes in adult basic education, general educational development (GED) preparation, and English as a second language, pushing the cost for such courses from $17 to $26.

The emergency medical technology program has proposed a per-term lab fee for equipment, uniforms and disposable materials used in class. The fees would be $100 for EMT basic, $150 for EMT intermediate, and $200 for EMT paramedic.

The RCC board is scheduled to vote on the increases April 21.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 776-4485, or e-mail aburke@mailtribune.com.

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