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Macomb Community College Board of Trustees sets 2015-16 tuition rates

– Tuesday, March 17, 2015 8:00PM

This evening, at its regular monthly meeting, the Macomb Community College Board of Trustees authorized tuition rates for the fall 2015 through spring/summer 2016 semesters.  The tuition rate for residents will increase by $2.50, setting the in-district rate at $94 per credit hour, a 2.7 percent increase. For a Macomb student attending full time, this will result in a total increase of $77.50 for their entire  academic year (based on 31 credit hours). 

Macomb’s tuition rates still remain well below average among the state’s community colleges. The college has the fifth lowest cost of attendance when both tuition and fees are factored in.   Attending Macomb to complete the first two years toward a bachelor’s degree is one-quarter the cost – 75 percent lower – than starting at one of Michigan’s public universities.

“Through the commitment of our board, faculty and staff, we have continued to deliver a fiscally responsible budget while sustaining affordability for our students, and maintaining and investing in relevant programs that position our students and community for long-term economic vitality,” said James Jacobs, Ph.D., president, Macomb Community College.   

Macomb’s revenue is comprised of three primary sources:  tuition (43 percent), local property taxes (26 percent) and state appropriations (26 percent).  While property tax values are expected to slightly increase by 1.6 percent and the governor has proposed a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes a 1.5 percent increase in appropriations for Macomb, revenues from these sources are still lower than their levels in 2007-8 and 2002, respectively.

“As a guardian of and an advocate for our residents’ interests, Macomb’s board of trustees has supported a careful, balanced approach to fiscal management that preserves the integrity of our students’ experiences and the programs we offer,” said James F. Kelly, chair, Macomb Community College Board of Trustees. “While continuing to deal with the legacy of severely compromised funding sources, Macomb Community College has effectively managed its operations, maintaining the college’s role as an indispensable community resource that connects our residents to the education, enrichment and economic development vital to personal and community economic prosperity.”    

The board also took action to appropriately realign Macomb’s out-of-district tuition categories, recognizing the additional financial support Macomb County residents provide to the college through property taxes.   This has resulted in differing rates of increase, dependent on category, which are:  out of district, out of state/foreign, and affiliate (students living in communities adjacent to Macomb County that are not served by a community college).

All of Macomb Community College tuition categories, their current rates and the rates for fall 2015 through spring/summer 2016:  

Category                              Current Tuition                 2015-16 Tuition

Resident                              $ 91.50                                  $ 94.00

Non Resident                        $140.00                                  $160.00

Out of State/ Foreign             $181.00                                  $206.00

Affiliate*                             $115.00                                  $119.00

Variable (Contract)                 $ 91.50                                  $ 94.00 

*Those living in areas not served by a community college district.

 About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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