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Lane Community College sets new tuition rates

Tuition is going up at Lane Community College, but students shouldn’t expect to actually pay more money.

Posted: Mar 18, 2021 11:08 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – Tuition is going up at Lane Community College, but students shouldn’t expect to actually pay more money.

On Wednesday, the Board of Education set tuition rates for the coming year at $126 per credit hour, five dollars higher than the current rate of $121. However, LCC students currently pay a $5 emergency fee that was instituted last summer to offset costs related to the pandemic. That fee is set to expire soon, meaning students will continue to pay the same $126 tuition per credit hour beginning Summer 2021.

“The tuition replaces the current emergency fee, resulting in $0 with a net increase to students,” said Lee Imonen with the Budget Development Subcommittee.

Officials said this is believed to be the first time in LCC history that students will see no increased costs for the coming year.

However, the budget is not entirely good news.

“It does include a 2.7% reduction in contracted personnel and a 5% reduction in part-time staffing,” Imonen said.

There is also the potential that state funding for community colleges will dip, in which case LCC could institute another emergency fee.

The new academic year begins with summer term on June 21.

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