Garden City Community College’s students will see a $4 increase in student fees per credit hour and a $100 increase in room and board fees for the 2018-19 school year after the GCCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to increase the fees.

Students are currently paying $35 per credit hour. The $4 increase was recommended by GCCC administration, which also called for no increase in tuition.

College president Dr. Herbert Swender stated in meeting documents that tuition and fee recommendations are based on analysis of data, such as rates of other Kansas community colleges, industry trends and historical costs.

“Kansas Community College Tuition and Fees schedule follows this recommendation, as well as tuition and fee historical data for GCCC,” Swender said.

The additional revenue will directly benefit students through scholarships, debt service on additional housing and miscellaneous student activities, Swender said.

“To continue accessible, quality higher education, it is necessary to increase the student’s share of education to offset decreasing or flat state and local revenues. Every dollar increase of tuition or fees generates approximately $40,000 in revenue,” Swender said.

The GCCC administration also recommended, and the trustees approved a $100 increase in annual student housing rates, due to additional debt service on student housing and expected increases in utilities and insurance.

Approved rates for student housing for next school year are: $2,800 per year for the West Hall and East Unit room rate; $4,100 per year for the Apartment room rate; $3,600 per year for Broncbuster Housing; and $4,300 per year for Broncbuster Suites.

The cost of the meal plan was adjusted $50 per year to account for a 2.0 increase in the consumer price index, which is the anticipated increase from Great Western Dining, GCCC’s food service to its students.

Students next year will pay $2,800 per year for their meal plans.

According to meeting documents, student fee revenues will be budgeted to offset student scholarships. Increases to room and board rates will go to the Residential Life Auxiliary Fund to be used toward student housing debt.

The state operating grant revenue for fiscal year 2018 and FY 2017 was $2,596,135 per year, which was $108,172 less than FY 2016. Ad valorem tax revenue has fluctuated over the past five years. Last fiscal year, the ad valorem tax revenue was $454,000 less than the prior year, Swender said, noting that it is too early to tell what ad valorem revenue will be generated this year.

The approved rates for 2018-19 are as follows: $100 per credit hour for in-state tuition and fees; $114 per credit hour for border states tuition and fees; $119 per credit hour for out-of-state tuition and fees; and $137 per credit hour for international tuition and fees.

Other Kansas community colleges are proposing increases in fees for next school year. Those include Allen County, which is proposing no increase in tuition, but a $5 per hour increase in technology fees; Neosho County is proposing an increase of $2 per credit hour and a $50-per-semester increase in housing. Colby Community College is proposing a $2 increase per hour for tuition, an increase of $3 per credit hour for online classes and a $1-per-hour increase in student fees. It is also proposing a 2-percent increase in dorm fees.

Seward County, Cowley County and Flint Hills community colleges have yet to make a decision in their proposed tuition/fees and room/board rates for 2018-19, and Johnson County Community College is proposing no change in its tuition or fees.

Contact Josh Harbour at jharbour@gctelegram.com.