LIMA — Rhodes State College began classes today, and a possible tuition increase that could have taken effect immediately was averted until spring.
The tuition increase was tabled for two previous meetings while the state legislature worked out details of a new two-year budget.
“Due to the length of the delay in the decision by the state and most of our students have already paid, we really don’t want to do a disservice to them and ask for a new tuition payment to be made for the fall term,” said Cynthia Spiers, interim president at Rhodes State College.
Board members did approve a $5 increase per credit hour that will take effect during the spring semester.
That increase will bring in about $150,000. It would have brought in twice that much had it gone into effect immediately.
The board believed they needed to pass an increase now rather than wait until next year.
“Once we lost that window of opportunity then it is gone until it’s renewed at some later date,” said board president Dr. Wilfred Ellis. “I do believe that we should have a small increase in tuition. It would be in our province that’s allowed by the state so I believe this is the right approach to do it in the spring.”
Under the state budget, community colleges like Rhodes State College could pass a $5 per credit hour increase this year (for fall and spring semesters) and another $5 increase next year, which could take effect next fall if the board decides to go that way.
Not every board member approved the tuition hike.
Dr. Mona Williamowski voted against the increase.
“I’m not looking at this point that we increase at all, just so you know where I am. I don’t think that’s the best thing for me to vote that way,” said Williamowski.
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