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JWCC tuition stays flat for 3rd year in a row

QUINCY (WGEM) — Tuition is flat for the third straight year at John Wood Community College. This comes after years of increasing tuition due in part to state funding, or lack thereof.

JWCC tuition will stay at $142 per credit hours for the 2019/2020 school year.

JWCC Freshman Macyn Seaver now has some weight off her shoulders knowing the school isn’t going to raise tuition come next year.

“That allows more time for me to not have to feel like I have to be working to help pay for school,” said Seaver.

Seaver is paying out of her own wallet for her education, along with help from scholarships and her parents. However, getting a degree isn’t cheap.

“I’m actually from Macomb and I have an apartment here in Quincy so I’m paying for rent, WiFi, water, electricity and groceries,” said Seaver. “It’s expensive.”

Keeping students’ budget in mind, the cost of an affordable tuition is a top priority for JWCC President Mike Elbe.

“We feel like John Wood Community College is a great value for our students, but at the same time we’re very sensitive at the cost of higher education,” said Elbe.

Back in 2008, the college marked 11 straight years of tuition hikes. During those budget impasse years, Elbe says funding from the state accounted for two to three percent of overall funding. Nowadays it’s seven percent.

“We have to be somewhat strategic in keeping that tuition very affordable for our district residents,” said Elbe.

So how long will this tuition freeze continue?

Elbe says with the minimum wage now going up to $15 an hour over the next five years coupled with no additional state funding, it’s going to be hard not to raise the tuition price.


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Kaylee Pfeiferling

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