Student fees at will increase, beginning in the fall, after the Board of Trustees approved a construction/infrastructure improvement fee on February 22 during its regular monthly meeting.
The $8 per credit hour fee increase will be earmarked for capital projects to offset the lack of the state appropriation for capital projects over the past several years, according to Andrew Duren, executive vice president of Administrative Services. A number of community colleges in Illinois already assess a student fee for construction, renovation and repairs, he said.
The proceeds from the $8 fee will be used for new construction, renovation of existing facilities, parking lot improvements, roof replacements and general campus upkeep. Duren said the first project using proceeds from the $8 fee will be the proposed Health Education and Wellness Center.
Beginning with the fall 2012 semester, the total fee will be $17 per credit hour. Tuition and fees will be $121 per credit hour ($104 for tuition and $17 for fees) for 2012-13.