The cost of attending Western Nebraska Community College will rise for the 2019-2020 school year.
The WCCA Board of Governors Wednesday approved the changes, which would see tuition rise 4% for resident students and those from the bordering states of Wyoming, Colorado, and South Dakota. However, rates would be nearly equal across all student types at $104 per credit hour for Nebraska residents, and $105 for all out of state students.
WNCC President Dr. Todd Holcomb tells KNEB News the institution wanted to follow the lead of other schools in the state that have a single rate for all students. “We wanted to go to that model, but the college attorney recommended after investigation that we could not go to that model,” says Holcomb, “What we want to do is create a small differentiation between in-state and out of state so we can attract students here.”
High school students taking college – level offerings would also see their rates rise 4%, from $50 to $52 per credit hour. Students would not see any increase in regular activity, facilities and scholarship fees, however some classes that require consumables would see a small rise in pricing.
Room rates at Pioneer Hall, the Pioneer Hall Addition and the Sidney Hall would rise between 2 and 3 percent, however rates at Conestoga Hall will stay the same.
The basic weekly meal plan offering 10 meals will stay at $1,483 per semester, but the plans with 14 and 19 meals would go up 2.7%, to $2,078 and $2,249, respectively.
Holcomb says officials believe the school is a great value for students, especially those from bordering states such as Colorado, where tuition costs are much higher, and that they might settle in the area once they graduate.