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Modest dual credit course fees recommended at IVCC

Proposal calls for $30 per student

OGLESBY — High school students in certain Illinois Valley Community College dual credit courses may pay as little as $30 per class next fall, the board’s audit finance committee learned Jan. 28.

IVCC’s administration is recommending the $30 fee for courses taught at high schools by qualified high school instructors.

In addition, the administration will recommend high school students enrolled in any IVCC online course pay just 75 percent of the tuition rate or about $95 per credit hour.

Courses taught at high schools by IVCC instructors will maintain the 75 percent tuition rate, and students qualifying for Free and Reduced Lunch will continue to pay just the $5 registration fee.

IVCC offers dual credit at 17 of its 21 district high schools, and about 10 percent of its enrollment is generated by dual credit.

For the second straight year, the administration is recommending no tuition increase. At its 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 meeting, the full board will consider a plan to freeze for a third consecutive year the combined tuition and universal fee rate at $133 per credit hour for 2020-21.

The figure places IVCC favorably among 10 other colleges in its “super peer group”: Black Hawk, Heartland, Highland, Kankakee, Kishwaukee, Lake Land, Lewis & Clark, John A. Logan, Richland and Sauk Valley.

Average 2020 tuition and fees for the group is $136 per credit hour while the state average for all 39 community colleges is $147.

In other action, audit finance learned the college will propose changes to 77 course fees: 60 increases, 11 new courses, one decrease, plus the assignment of a course fee to five existing courses.

Audit finance also reviewed the proposed budget for 42 active student organizations. The proposed allocation is $102,914, down from $129,689 in 2017-18 and $112,604 in 2018-19.

Cheryl Roelfsema, IVCC vice president for Business Services and Finance, presented a three-year financial plan that forecasts level state funding and 2.5 percent annual increases in property taxes based on increased EAV.

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