BHC: Balancing Next Year's Budget without Set State Aid

Apr 20, 2016

Black Hawk College is planning to receive about 25 percent less in state aid next year. But without a budget in Illinois, college staff is struggling to plan a way to make up for the potential loss. 

Vice President of Finance, Steve Frommelt says this month, he presented a preliminary budget to the Board of Trustees. He expects Black Hawk to receive $5.4 million dollars from the state, which is only 75 percent of last year's funding. 

Frommelt says a year ago, Black Hawk approved a voluntary termination program, where 13 employees agreed to resign. And because of falling state aid and dropping enrollment, more reductions are possible in the future. 

Black Hawk College has already approved a tuition hike for next year. In 2017, tuition will increase by $12, to $147 per credit hour. 

Frommelt says trustees will discuss the budget again next month, and give final approval in June.