Chemeketa Community College’s Board of Education unanimously approved reducing the cost of attending the college for the 2013-14 academic based on a higher than expected allocation from the state Legislature.
“This decision demonstrates the deep commitment our board has for students and the soundness of our fiscal management,” said Chemeketa President Cheryl Roberts. “I am grateful and proud that through the vision of our leaders and the hard work of our staff we are in the unique and enviable position to reduce the cost of a Chemeketa education.”
College administration had asked the board to increase tuition by $2 per credit hour and the universal fee $4 per credit hour. This recommendation, approved by the board in February, made the 2013-14 academic year tuition $82 per credit hour for Oregon residents plus a $14 per credit hour universal fee for a total cost of $96 per credit hour.
Those tuition and fee increases were based on the college assuming the Legislature would fund Oregon’s community colleges at the $428 million level in Governor John Kitzhaber’s proposed budget. When it became apparent the state’s appropriation would be $450 million or more, the college administration sought a break for students.
Based on the Legislature’s $450 million allocation for community colleges, Chemeketa’s tuition will be reduced to $80 per credit hour for Oregon residents. Universal fees will remain at $14 per credit hour.
The lower costs will go in effect immediately. Students currently enrolled in summer term will receive a refund per college policy.
The tuition rates will be adjusted on all courses and credits will be posted to student accounts in the next few days. Any accounts with credit balances over $5 will receive refunds within the next week. Refunds will be processed based on college refunding policies and procedures. Students do not need to do anything to initiate the process.
To see details of your student account, please check the Account Summary on My Chemeketa.