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Community college rates to remain steadyTell North Platte what you think

At the Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors meeting on Feb. 26, the board agreed not to change tuition, fees, housing and meal rates for the 2013-14 academic year.

Tuition for Nebraska students plus students from border states (Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota) will remain at $77 and fees at $15 for a total of $92 per credit hour.

A student taking a full complement of classes (15 credit hours) will pay a total of $1,380 in resident tuition and fees per semester.

Non-resident rates will remain the same as well. Those students will pay $100 in tuition and $15 in fees for a total of $115 per credit hour.

The board also unanimously voted to not increase room and board for the upcoming 2013-14 academic year. A student in MPCC housing at North Platte or McCook will pay a base package amount of $2,575 for housing and 15 meals per week per semester. Additional meal plans and private rooms are available.

[That puts the basic cost around $4,000 per semester, plus books and additional meals.]

Research shows that MPCC housing is affordable and significantly less than other institutions in the state.

“We have held our property tax levy pretty consistent over the past five years while continuing to raise student costs. The national perception is that college costs are getting too expensive. We are in a good financial position, so we decided to freeze all costs of attendance at their current rates,” said Ryan Purdy, President of Mid-Plains Community College.

“While the Governor began the discussion with his proposed ‘tuition only’ freeze with the state college and university system, we felt we could do better and freeze all costs with the exception of books, which is out of our control,” he added. “We hope the students are appreciative of this freeze and hopefully we’ll see an enrollment increase as a result.”

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/5/2013
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