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Education

EICC Considers Tuition Increase

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It may soon cost more to attend the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. Monday night the board of trustees will consider a staff recommendation to raise tuition by eight dollars per credit hour, to 187 dollars.

Chancellor Don Doucette says that's an increase of 4 1/2 per cent.

"Which is one of the higher rates that we've done during my tenure here. We're usually in the 2 to 3 per cent range but inflationary costs are really an issue and we just have to keep up in order to provide students with the services that they need to do well and succeed."

Doucette says inflation is pushing up the cost of personnel and energy, and the community college district also wants to put more money into scholarships.

And even with the increase, the cost to attend Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine community colleges will be the second lowest in Iowa.

If approved, the tuition increase will go into effect for the fall semester.