Recognizing the pandemic’s significant financial impact, Harper College approved freezing tuition for the second consecutive year coupled with other measures aimed at keeping costs down for students.
“It is our sincere hope that through these actions, we may provide our students and their families with some stability during these uncertain times,” said Dr. Avis Proctor, Harper College president. “As the community’s college, we’re committed to ensuring quality higher education remains affordable and accessible to all of our students.”
Effective this summer, Harper’s in-district tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year will remain $133.50 per credit hours, or $152.50 per credit hour including the universal fee. Out-of-district, out-of-state and international student tuition rates also will not increase. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution at the February 17 board meeting leaving tuition unchanged for Fiscal Year 2022.
In addition, the board approved the following differential tuition and fee adjustments:
The financial impact of these actions is estimated to exceed $2 million in revenue. To help offset this, the college will utilize funds through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) if permitted under federal regulations, or reserve funds the college has allocated for student success initiatives.
“Holding the line on tuition for a second year demonstrates Harper’s broader commitment to removing barriers and supporting students,” Board Chair Pat Stack said. “The college has worked to carefully manage its resources before and throughout the pandemic, and we are pleased this fiscal responsibility has positioned us to provide some relief to the many students who are facing financial hardship.”