Tuition hike approved, online fees removed at NMC | New


TRAVERSE CITY – Most Northwestern Michigan College students will see their tuition fees increase by 3%, with rates in the district increasing by $ 3 per contact hour.

But some students may pay less, as officials have removed the flexible learning fee of $ 20 per contact hour for courses that take place online only.

The fees have been around for several years and made more sense when online courses took more time and effort to set up, said Troy Kierczynski, acting vice president of finance and administration.

“We are seeing other colleges getting rid of these fees and we thought it was the perfect time to remove them for our students,” Kierczynski said.

NMC now has the sixth lowest tuition fee in the state’s 28 community college district, he said, up from eighth in 2019.

District general course students will pay $ 112 per contact hour, compared to $ 109 for fiscal year 2021. Out-of-district students will pay $ 7 more for a rate of $ 234; out of state an additional $ 9, for a rate of $ 305; and international students will pay an additional $ 10 for a rate of $ 344 per contact hour.

Those in automotive, audio technology, dental assisting, nursing, surgical technology, surveying and the marine program will also see a 3% increase. There will be no change in tuition fees for the culinary program, where district students pay $ 156 per credit hour.

For the fall, the college is offering more face-to-face classes, but will continue to offer online classes to meet student demand, said Nick Nissley, president of NMC.

NMC kept the line on tuition fees last year due to the pandemic, waiving an increase that was in the works.

“This is two years of tuition at a rate well below inflation,” said administrator Rachel Johnson.

The budget of $ 45.18 million for fiscal year 2022 and the increase in tuition fees were unanimously approved by the NMC board of directors on Monday at its first in-person meeting in more than 15 months, Nissley said.

Revenues from tuition and fall fees are down 9% from last year, but the college has forecast a 15% drop, so it’s doing better than expected, Kierczynski said.

Summer semester earnings were also up 9% from the previous year, which helped, Kierczynski said.

“We see this as a positive sign for next year,” Kierczynski said.

Spending also fell for 2021, as there were fewer in-person events on campus, no international travel, fewer supplies were used, and utility costs fell, he said.

The biggest source of income for 2022, providing 44% of the total, is tuition and tuition fees. Another 24 percent comes from state aid and 27 percent from property taxes.

This ratio has changed from almost 20 years ago, when state aid accounted for 35% of income and tuition and fees 36%.

“It’s a telltale sign that the state hasn’t spent as much money on community colleges, so we have to look for other sources of revenue in other areas,” Kierczynski said.

This puts pressure on things like tuition and fees, he said.

When students return in the fall, they won’t need to be vaccinated to live in the dorms, said Todd Neibauer, vice president of student services and technology.

“As we approach next year, we are not requiring our housing students to be vaccinated, but we strongly encourage it,” Neibauer said.

NMC will work with the Grand Traverse County Department of Health to organize pop-up clinics in the fall for students who want the vaccine.

The college is also considering offering incentives for students to get vaccinated, such as a giveaway similar to a one-semester tuition lottery, Nissley said.

Gift certificates are also under review, although details have not been worked out.


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