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Southeast Community College is considering a tuition increase of up to $3.50 per credit hour.

SCC students who are Nebraska residents currently pay $60.50 per credit hour. Each class is typically 4.5 credit hours, totaling $272.25 per class. A student must be enrolled in three of those classes during one quarter to be considered full-time, which adds up to $816.75, not including the cost of books and other fees.

“Between the six community colleges of the state, our tuition is the second lowest,” said SCC Board of Governors member Dale Kruse of Beatrice. Metropolitan Community College in Omaha is the least expensive. “We’ve always been very pleased with the affordable education that SCC provides.”

Kruse said that in his five years on the board, the SCC tuition has not changed much and has increased “maybe an average of $2” during the last eight years.

The board discussed three increased tuition scenarios – or no increase at all – at its board meeting on Tuesday.

Scenario one would increase tuition by $1 for both in-state and out-of-state students.

Scenario two would increase tuition by $2 for in-state students and $2.50 for out-of-state students.

Scenario three would change those numbers to $3 and $3.50.

The tuition increase would go into effect in July.

SCC expects its in-state students to be enrolled in a combined 305,763 credit hours during the 2016-2017 school year and out-of-state students to be enrolled in 22,892 credit hours.

The tuition increases of the three scenarios would boost the college’s income by $328,655; $668,756; or $997,411, respectively.

Dylon Smedra, a diversified agriculture student in the SCC agriculture program, said current SCC tuition rates are fair.

“For all of the hands-on work we do and experience we get, I think it’s very affordable,” said Smedra, who is from Ord. If the rates increased by $1 to $3, Smedra said, “I think that still seems pretty feasible.”

The board will discuss the measure again and vote on it in March.

Also at the board meeting, a new member was elected. Helen Griffin recently stepped down due to health issues after several years of service. Taking her seat is Bob Feit, a past board member. Feit will serve during the rest of this year and will run for the position in the primary and general elections.

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