Tuition at Grand Rapids Community College will increase for the 2019-2020 school year .8 percent, or $1 per credit hour, for the second year in a row.
The board approved the tuition increase on Monday during their monthly meeting after discussing an increase during their February meeting where it was proposed tuition be increased by 1 percent.
Vice President of Finance and Administration Lisa Freiburger presented the board with the proposed tuition increase for their approval and noted the rate is the lowest percent increase since the college changed from Grand Rapids Junior College to GRCC.
“Of the proposed tuition rates for the fiscal ‘19-’20 year, these rates will become effective in the fall of 2019,” Freiburger said. “We are pleased to be able to recommend to you the lowest increase we have had, I believe, since we have become GRCC as opposed to GRJC. We are looking at .8 percent increase or a dollar increase.”
According to a statement released by the college on Tuesday, this increase is technically the lowest since 1992, but only by mere .01 percent since last year’s increase, which took effect in the fall 2018 semester. Last year’s increase was .88 percent while this year’s increase is .87 percent.
Resident and non-resident tuition will increase by $1 beginning in the fall, so students who are residents will pay $115 per credit hour and non-residents $245 while out-of-state students will pay $365 per credit hour to attend GRCC beginning in the Fall 2019 semester. For more information on the differences between resident, non-resident and out-of-state status, click here.
Proposed Tuition and Fee Rates
Following the meeting, GRCC Student Alliance President Elizabeth Nguyen commented on what the increase means for current and future students at GRCC.
“I think it’s a great thing that it was only a .8 percent increase,” Nguyen said. “I think it’s a great idea. It’s not a crazy increase. It’s the lowest we’ve had since GRJC, and I hope it’ll bring a lot of students and high schoolers that are thinking to… come (to GRCC). And I think it provides a great foundation to start off a smooth transition. It provides amazing support if anyone wants to transfer to a different university or college.”
The board will not meet again until May 6 for a budget work session and then on May 20 for a regular meeting. To request meeting minutes or the agenda for Monday’s meeting, contact the Board of Trustees at (616) 234-3901. To watch the full video of Monday’s meeting, click here.