Jackson College raises tuition by 8 percent for 2016-17

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SUMMIT TWP., MI (WLNS) – Lawmakers passed a budget that did not include as much money as colleges across the state were expecting to get. And, while that wasn’t the driving force behind a tuition raise at Jackson College students will still have a little less in their wallets after trustees raised tuition by 8-percent.

Spencer Lukasik goes to Jackson College. He hopes to start a career in supply chain management. The sophomore works at Planet Fitness to pay for school and with tuition going up he may need to adjust his plans.

“That’s more hours you have to pick up at work to pay for everything, more debt you have to pay for so that’s something you have to look at. So, it makes it a very much more longer experience than you might have if it was at a cheaper rate,” said Lukasik.

The Board of Trustees just raised tuition $10-per-billing-hour to $135 to attend Jackson College next year. Officials there say that investment will make students more successful.

Jackson College President Daniel Phelan said, “already we’ve begun to see the impact of these student services ad the continuation and the persistence just by the first cohort of these student service navigators.”

That means students will have a more personal relationship with college counselors to achieve their goals. But, there’s another reason they have the highest tuition amongst Michigan community colleges.

“We generate the second lowest amount of revenue from property taxes. So, that does shift the makeup of our tuition or revenue model and it requires us to charge students a larger portion of our cost,” said Jackson College Vice President of Finance Darryl Norris.

President Phelan knows that not everyone will agree with this tuition hike but he hopes that they will understand why it is being done.

Jackson College student Dan Minick said, “I understand that they have to pay staff, teachers . . . also you have to pay to fund buildings like the one they are currently working on.”

In the end, the tuition increase could generate more than a million dollars for the college.

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