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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • SCC Board Approves $3 Per Hour Increase in Tuition

  • Southeast Community College announced Wednesday that it would raise its tuition rate by $3 per credit hour.
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  • Southeast Community College announced Wednesday that it would raise its tuition rate by $3 per credit hour.
    The Board of Governors approved the increase for the 2014-2015 school year, saying that even with the increase the credit hour rate for next semester, the cost will likely remain one of the lowest among the six community colleges of Nebraska.
    The Board’s vote raises the price of one quarter credit hour at SCC to $58.50, effective July 1. Fees will remain $1.25 per hour, meaning Nebraska residents will pay $59.75 per quarter credit hour during the 2014-2015 academic year. Nonresidents will pay $72 per hour in tuition, plus the $1.25 per hour in fees for a total of $73.25 per hour.
    Dr. Jack Huck, SCC president, said feedback received from student groups regarding the quality of education received for the investment remains positive.
    “For years our students have told us that they appreciate the high quality of education they receive for the money,” Huck said. “They appreciate being able to train on equipment that they’ll eventually use in industry. They appreciate being taught by qualified faculty. They tell us that their return on investment is very high.”
    On an annualized basis, SCC remains one of the most affordable higher education options in Nebraska. Students will pay $2,688.75 to take 45 quarter credit hours (approximately one year) in 2014-2015. Based on information shared Tuesday, the lowest tuition and fee rate in the state is $2,598.75, while the highest rate is $2,778.75.
    SCC’s practice is to present the Board with numerous options when it comes to tuition and fees. This year’s range was a zero percent increase to a $5 per hour increase. Board members also heard recommendations from each of SCC’s Student Senates on the Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford campuses. Those recommendations ranged from a $1 to $3 per hour increase.
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