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BHC Tuition Increase

After holding at the same level for five years, Black Hawk College is going to raise tuition for the coming academic year.

Thursday night the board of trustees approved a 15 dollar increase, to 164 dollars per credit hour.

Tuition had been at 149 dollars since 2018.

Chief Financial Officer Steve Frommelt says it was a tough decision, but necessary.

"Enrollment is down - the numbers have been down through the COVID years, as well as the escalating prices for utilities have been a significant player in that process."

The college has two other main sources of revenue - he expects no change in state aid for the coming year, and the property tax rate for residents of the nine-county district will increase by less than one cent.

The cost for high school students to take classes at Black Hawk will not change.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.