By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
FULTON – Semester tuition at Itawamba Community College will increase by $100 next school year.
Full-time Mississippi residents will now pay $1,050 per semester, as the college adjusts to decreased revenues due to declining enrollment. The last time ICC raised its tuition was in 2011-12 when it rose from $800 to $950 per semester.
“Enrollment for us has dropped the last two years,” said Jerry Senter, vice president of business services at ICC. “The economy for Northeast Mississippi, where we sit, has increased with … jobs opening up. When the economy is good, that normally happens. When people get laid off, they come back to retool and train to be hired.”
The decreased enrollment meant both less tuition revenue and less in state appropriations, Senter said. That left the college with a $4 million deficit as it planned next year’s budget.
In addition to the tuition rise, the college also cut its supply budget by 7 percent and travel by 50 percent and cut 17.5 staff positions.
The college did increase the amount it will pay in scholarships, so that students will receive roughly the same percentage in scholarships.
For students who take fewer than 12 hours, the per-hour fee will rise from $100 to $110 per hour.