Posted January 31, 2014
LCCC TUITION REMAINS SECOND LOWEST IN OHIO FOLLOWING $3.84 PER CREDIT HOUR INCREASE
Facts and Figures:
Ranking among state’s community colleges: 2nd lowest tuition rate out of 23 (see chart)
Average cost for full-time student at state-assisted two-year colleges in Ohio: $4,053.
Cost for Full-Time LCCC student (current):
Cost for Full-Time LCCC student
(Beginning summer, 2014):
$3,077 or increase of $100 for full-time student
Current per credit hour cost: $114.50
(Including tuition and fees.)
Per credit hour cost beginning summer 2014: $118.34
(Including tuition and fees.)
Lorain County Community College’s tuition consistently ranks among the lowest in the state of Ohio. Even with a $3.84 per credit hour increase approved at today’s District Board of Trustees meeting, LCCC’s tuition remains the second lowest among the state’s community colleges as well as public and private colleges and universities.
“Lorain County Community College is committed to keeping college affordable for Lorain County residents and families, which places it as among the best value in Ohio,” said Dr. Roy Church, President. “While we are not happy to seek this increase, no matter how modest it may be, it is necessary in order to maintain quality of educational programs and services to help students gain the skills and education they need to succeed in careers.”
Keeping tuition the second lowest in Ohio has been a challenge especially with diminishing state support. Today, LCCC receives 20 percent less per student in state share of instruction than in 2000. “Maintaining position as the best value for a college education in the state has taken a great commitment from our community, our campus and our students,” said Church.
The citizens of Lorain County have been strong partners in the effort to hold tuition low with quality high and recently renewed their commitment in November with the passing of Issue 2. The entire campus community has done their part as well by cutting and controlling costs through a number of belt-tightening strategies.
“Over the last three years, Lorain County Community College has cut millions from its budget,” said Church. “We are constantly looking to do more with fewer resources. We have reduced staffing, frozen salaries, increased work schedules, eliminated equipment purchases and streamlined programs and processes.”
In addition to controlling and cutting costs, the college has implemented innovative programs to help maintain affordability. LCCC’s blanket tuition policy allows students to take up to 18 credit hours for the price of 13 credits.
The $3.84 per credit hour increase calls upon students to do their part in keeping their education from Lorain County Community College of high quality and market relevant in order to prepare them for the good paying jobs. LCCC graduates pay less for their education and earn more compared with state average earnings for associate degree holders in many fields including engineering, healthcare, education and technology.
Registration for summer semester begins March 24. Federal Pell grants to assist those with the most financial need with their tuition are available. LCCC also offers significant scholarships and grants through the Lorain County Community College Foundation. Students can contact the Financial Services Center at 440-366-4034 or visit online at www.lorainccc.edu/financialaid for assistance.
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