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2016-17 Tuition Rates Set by Board of Trustees

– Tuesday, March 15, 2016 12:00AM

At its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, March 15, the Macomb Community College Board of Trustees authorized tuition rates for fall 2016 through spring/summer 2017 semesters.  Tuition for residents will increase to $97 a credit hour from $94, a 3.2 percent increase.  For a student attending Macomb full time – taking 12 credits – this will result in an increase of $36 for the semester. 

“Sensitivity to the financial pressures our students face is at the forefront of our decision making,” said James Jacobs, Ph.D., president, Macomb Community College.  “However, we not only have an imperative to keep tuition affordable, but to balance that with the need to strategically invest in programs to ensure our students  are prepared for 21st century workplace opportunities and to preserve Macomb’s’ fiscal integrity, ensuring the college continues to serve the community’s needs into the future. ”

Macomb’s tuition rates remain well below average among the state’s 28 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 about one-quarter the cost – 73 percent lower – than starting at one of Michigan’s public universities. 

Macomb’s revenue is comprised of three primary sources:  tuition (41 percent), state appropriations (27 percent) and local property taxes (26 percent).  While property tax values are expected to slightly increase by 0.7 percent, property tax revenue is still $9 million less than 2007-08. The level of state appropriations for next fiscal year is unknown, as the governor’s proposed 2 percent increase was rejected by the Senate Appropriations Community Colleges Subcommittee.  The current level of appropriations from the state is $1.1 million less than that of 2002. 

“I and my colleagues on Macomb Community College’s board of trustees are privileged to represent our resident’s interests, and we take that responsibility seriously,” said James F. Kelly, chair, Macomb Community College Board of Trustees. “The college continues to focus on efficiency and effectiveness, taking measures such as instituting a 1 percent budget reduction across the institution to assist in balancing the priorities of affordability, high-quality, relevant programs, and fiscal soundness and sustainability.”  

The board also took action toward appropriately realigning 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 2016 through spring/summer 2017: 

 Category                     Current Tuition                 2016-17 Tuition

Resident                              $ 94                                        $ 97

Non Resident                        $160                                       $180

Out of State/ Foreign             $206                                       $230

Affiliate*                             $119                                       $123

Variable (Contract)                $ 94                                        $ 97

 *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 and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. 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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