The Chemeketa Board of Education voted unanimously at its February 22 meeting to increase the cost of taking classes in the 2017-2018 school year.
Starting summer term, Chemeketa students who are Oregon residents will pay either $4 or $5 more in tuition and $1 more in fees per credit based on the state Legislature’s funding of community colleges.
Chemeketa’s in-state students currently pay a total of $94 per credit in tuition and fees. Should the Legislature fund community colleges at $550 million or less, Chemeketa’s in-state students will pay $100 per credit in tuition and fees. If the State appropriation exceeds $550 million, students will be charged $99 per credit in tuition and fees.
International and out-of-state students will see comparable tuition hikes.
The college has not raised its tuition and fees for four years which places Chemeketa as the lowest-priced community college in Oregon. The Governor proposed a community college budget of $550 million which does not address increased operating costs, so Chemeketa will use the tuition and fee increase to maintain current service levels.
“I always hate to burden our students but with the anticipated shortfall from the State, we don’t have other options,” said Diane Watson, Board of Education member.