EICC Raises Tuition for the Fall

April  22, 2014

      The cost to attend the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges will go up in the fall. Monday night the board of trustees approved raising tuition and fees by about 2 per cent, or 3 dollars per credit hour.

      Chancellor Don Doucette says despite the increase, tuition and fees will probably still be the lowest of any community college or 4-year college in Iowa. 

      "We're trying to keep our tuition increases modest. We're also trying to identify what they are soon enough that students can plan ahead. We adopted a tuition increase in April as our students are now enrolling for the fall."

      Doucette says to help offset the rising cost of wages, health care, and utilities, the college district has left dozens of positions vacant in recent years. 

      "We've been very careful to try to contain our costs - by hiring only necessary positions, by managing our contracts and services, and by investing in technology to increase productivity and decrease the cost of operating our institution."

      Starting in the fall, in-state tuition for Muscatine, Scott, and Clinton Community Colleges will be 137 dollars per credit hour, while the new cost for out-of-state students will be 204 dollars.