Tuition will remain $93 per credit hour at Mid-Plain Community College, college president Ryan Purdy said recently. Purdy's pronouncement is in sharp contrast to Nebraska’s university and state colleges, which recently announced that if the Unicameral’s appropriations committee won’t increase funding, they will ask for a 5-7.5 percent range of tuition, fees, housing, and meal increases.
At a Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors meeting in February, Purdy told the board that several other community colleges in the state have also considered tuition freezes of their own. However, the five other community colleges have indicated in recent weeks tha they all will increase tuition rates next year.
That won't be the case at MPCC. Mid-Plains Community College, with campuses in McCook, North Platte, Broken Bow, Ogallala, Valentine and Imperial, will honor its promise and not only freeze tuition, but also not increase associated fees, housing, and meal plans for the 2013-14 academic year.
“For the past five years, we have not increased our local property tax levy,” Purdy said. “We have maintained our budget within the valuations increases from our 18-county service area.”
“We know our local taxpayers appreciate us not raising our levy, however, we felt that it was time to help our students – if we could make the numbers work,” he added.
County valuations are not reported until August and the college budget won't be finalized and approved until mid-September, but Purdy said it is important to make the decision to freeze rates so that those making plans to attend college next fall will have accurate figures to work with.
“Our per-credit hour tuition and fees for Nebraska and states that border our service area and western Nebraska is $92. The approximate cost for a full 15-hour load is roughly $2,760 per year," Purdy said.
Housing and meal plans are roughly two-thirds the costs of one of the state colleges or at one of the schools in the university system, he added.
If state colleges and universities do raise their rates by the amounts that they are predicting, "attending the first two years with us at either McCook or North Platte makes even more sense,” he said.