Chemeketa plans no tuition, fee increases

SALEM — The Chemeketa Community College Board of Education voted Feb. 19 to keep tuition and fees the same for the 2014-15 school year.   “Keeping tuition stable continues our intent to provide an affordable education so cost doesn’t limit student success,” Chemeketa President Cheryl Roberts said.   In the proposal, tuition for Oregon residents at Chemeketa will remain $80 per credit, plus the $14 per credit universal fee will also stay the same. Tuition for out-of-state residents will remain $242 per credit.   Based on the current year’s rates, Chemeketa would have the third lowest tuition rate among Oregon’s 17 community colleges.    “As a board, we take very seriously the burden past tuition increases have placed upon our students, and I am grateful that the college’s sound fiscal management has put us in a position to stabilize the cost of a Chemeketa education next year,” Board Chairman Ed Dodson said.   The recommendation to keep tuition and fees level is based on the Legislature’s appropriation of an additional $15 million for community colleges during the 2013 special session, on top of the $450 million allocated during the 2013 regular session. If the extra $15 million is not appropriated or the Legislature chooses to decrease its allocation during its current session, tuition rates will be revisited.   Last year, Chemeketa was the only Oregon community college to rescind a tuition increase for the current academic year after the Legislature approved a funding allocation above Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposed budget. The CCC board of education rolled back tuition $2, so the college has been able to maintain the same tuition rate since the 2012-13 school year.   Chemeketa Community College’s boundaries include Polk County.   


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