DANVILLE — The Danville Area Community College board of trustees is expected to vote Tuesday on a tuition increase that would take effect for the fall semester.
Trustees are considering a proposed $2-per-credit-hour increase in tuition and a $3 increase in universal fees. With the $2 increase, the tuition cost would increase to $110 from $108 per credit hour and raise the universal fee to $15 from $12 per credit hour.
The proposed increase in tuition and fee rate would place DACC slightly above the state average for tuition and fee rate for all Illinois community colleges. DACC, however, would still be slightly below average when the tuition and fee rate are compared with all other central Illinois community colleges.
The total increase of $5 would generate approximately $200,000 in revenue and would provide funds to allow the college to continue a number of important student success initiatives as well as provide funds for Affordable Care Act compliance.
Last year, the board of trustees approved a $10 per-credit-hour increase in tuition. In 2012, the trustees supported a $3 increase, and in 2011, a $6 increase.
Also last year, the trustees approved suspending three athletic programs: volleyball, soccer and golf, which was effective this school year. College officials said that suspending the three athletic programs would save the college more than $200,000 a year.
Trustees are considering the tuition increase because the state income tax increase that has been in place the last three years will be ending and because of projected decreases in state revenue.
DACC President Alice Marie Jacobs said that the outlook on state funding is not good and that expenses are increasing.
“State funding is uncertain at this time,” she said. “We’re being advised there could be some cuts (in funding) because of the ending of the income tax increase. It’s certainly too early to tell, but it could be challenging.”