To help offset the increased utilities and food costs, new campus technology, and general operating expenses, the Garden City Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to raise tuition and fees from $80 to $85 per credit hour for in-state students. The hike goes into effect the 2014 fall semester.
The $5 increase is across the board and will impact students from bordering states who will pay $99 per credit hour, other out-of-state student tuition will go to $104, and international students will pay $125 per credit hour. Of the increase, $2 will be for credit hours and $3 per credit for the student fees adjustment.
The board also approved room and board rate increases. The West Hall and East Unit room rate will be $1,150 per semester which is up from the current $1,100; the West Hall and East Unit single rate goes to $1,600 per semester, up from $1,400; apartment room rates will increase from $1,475 to $1,525 and the apartment single rate will top at $2,000 over the current $1,775 per semester price tag.
The 19-meal and 15-meal plans jump $25 each per semester to $1,275 and $1,250 respectively.
Board trustee Ron Schwartz asked that the administration look at adding an in-state/out-of-county student designation to the current tuition and fees category. He believes this determination would provide Finney County taxpayers additional relief and close the gap between in-state and border state tuitions. Board chairperson Merilyn Douglass asked that the college administrative team review this possibility and be prepared to report on it during the March meeting.
In other board action: