Tuition increase linked to rate of inflation

The Harper College Board of Trustees has approved a tuition increase linked to the rate of inflation. The unanimous vote took place at the February 19 Board meeting with the support of the Student Government Association.

Tuition will rise $1.75 per credit hour beginning in the summer 2014 term, costing a full-time student (15 credit hours) an additional $26.25 per semester.

The increase is the second under a policy adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2012 that links tuition and fee increases to the annual Consumer Price Index for urban consumers (CPI-U). Under the Board’s policy, Trustees have the option of increasing tuition 2 percentage points above the inflation rate, but chose to keep the tuition hike at the CPI-U rate of 1.5 percent.

“To train people for 21st century jobs, it is critical that Harper remains affordable and accessible to the people of our district,” said Diane Hill, Chair of the Harper College Board of Trustees. “The Board is committed to linking tuition increases to the rate of inflation despite rising costs and cuts in state funding.”

Harper’s construction and renovation fee will stay unchanged at $9 per credit hour, while the technology fee will also remain at $7 per credit hour. The annual cost for a full-time student (30 credit hours) will increase by $52.50 per year, to $3.787.50.

Despite the tuition hike, Harper remains one of the most affordable and accessible option for higher education in the state. Harper’s tuition is a third of the tuition charged by Northern Illinois University, a quarter of the tuition at the University of Illinois and a small fraction of the cost of the first two years at a private university.

“Harper is far and away the best deal in higher education in Illinois,” Harper President Dr. Ken Ender said. “When you combine our academic rigor, small classes, facilities and individual attention, it’s easy to understand why Harper continues to be among the best values in higher education in the Chicago area.”

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