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High school students may pay as little as $30 for IVCC dual credit classes

High school students in certain Illinois Valley Community College dual credit courses may pay as little as $30 per class next fall, the board’s audit finance committee learned Tuesday.

The current fee for dual credit is about $95 per credit hour; IVCC’s administration is now recommending to reduce the cost of its courses taught at the high school by qualified high school faculty to just a flat $30 fee for the entire course, said Fran Brolley, an IVCC spokesman.

In addition, the administration will recommend high school students enrolled in any IVCC online course pay just 75 percent of the tuition rate or about $95 per credit hour.

Courses taught at high schools by IVCC instructors will maintain the 75% tuition rate and students qualifying for Free and Reduced Lunch will continue to pay just the $5 registration fee.

IVCC offers dual credit at 17 of its 21 district high schools and about 10% of its enrollment is generated by dual credit.

For the second straight year, the administration is recommending no tuition increase. At its 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 meeting, the full board will consider a plan to freeze for a third consecutive year the combined tuition and universal fee rate at $133 per credit hour for 2020-21.

The figure places IVCC favorably among 10 other colleges in its “super peer group”: Black Hawk, Heartland, Highland, Kankakee, Kishwaukee, Lake Land, Lewis & Clark, John A. Logan, Richland and Sauk Valley. Average 2020 tuition and fees for the group is $136 per credit hour while the state average for all 39 community colleges is $147.

In other action, audit finance learned the college will propose changes to 77 course fees: 60 increases, 11 new courses, one decrease, plus the assignment of a course fee to five existing courses.

Audit finance also reviewed the proposed budget for 42 active student organizations. The proposed allocation is $102,914, down from $129,689 in 2017-18 and $112,604 in 2018-19.

IVCC Vice President for Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema presented a three-year financial plan that forecasts level state funding and 2.5% annual increases in property taxes based on increased EAV.

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