BRETHREN — The West Shore Community College (WSCC) Board of Trustees will consider increasing tuition rates by 2.9 percent and changing fees during its off-campus meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at Kaleva Norman Dickson School District in Brethren.

If approved, the WSCC rate for in-district students would increase from $103 to $106 per credit hour; the out-of-district tuition rate would rise from $165 to $170 per credit hour; and the out-of-state tuition rate would increase from $230 to $240 per credit hour, according to a memo from WSCC President Scott Ward to the trustees.

During the past 10 years, WSCC has increased its tuition rate by an average of $3.10 annually or 3.66 percent, according to Ward. The tuition rate increase is needed because of rising operational costs, Ward stated.

“Additionally, with a projected enrollment decline, tuition revenue, even with an increase in tuition, will stay flat or may even decrease,” Ward stated in the memo.

Ward added that, comparatively, WSCC’s current in-district tuition rate is the lowest among Michigan’s smallest 10 community colleges, and it is expected to remain the lowest tuition rate, since the other colleges will likely raise their rates as well.

The average tuition rate among the 10 colleges was $122 for 2018-2019, and the highest tuition was Glen Oaks Community College’s $149 rate per credit hour, according to Ward.

“Even with an increase next year, we will still be well below the current average for the small (10),” Ward stated.


The board will also consider a proposal to simplify the college’s fee structure, which currently charges four separate fees for registration, technology, student activities and student services.

Instead of charging these four separate fees, WSCC would charge a single fee at a flat rate of $20 per contact hour.

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