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2017-18 Tuition rates set by Macomb Community College Board of Trustees

– Wednesday, April 19, 2017 9:00PM

At its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday evening, April 19, the Macomb Community College Board of Trustees authorized tuition rates for fall 2017 through spring/summer 2018 semesters. Tuition for residents will increase to $100 a credit hour from $97, a 3.1 percent increase.  For a student attending Macomb full time – taking 12 credits – this will result in an increase of $36 for the semester.  

“Affordable tuition, high-quality programs and fiscal responsibility are critical factors in ensuring that Macomb Community College remains not only viable, but an active, driving force in positioning our students and community for long-term economic vitality,” said James Jacobs, Ph.D., president, Macomb Community College.  “Achieving this delicate balancing act is only accomplished through the commitment and hard work of the college’s board of trustees, faculty and staff.” 

The college has reduced budgeted expenditures by $20 million since 2004, including a $1.1 million budget reduction for the upcoming fiscal year, 2017-18. Macomb’s tuition rates remain well below average among the state’s 28 community colleges, and the college has the fourth 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 costs approximately 73 percent less than starting at one of Michigan’s public universities.  

Macomb’s revenue is comprised of three primary sources:  tuition (43 percent), local property taxes (26 percent) and state appropriations (25 percent).  While property tax revenue for the upcoming year is not yet known, at its current level, it is still $9.6 million less than 2007-08. The level of state appropriations for next fiscal year is also unknown at this time, with the governor and the Michigan House of Representatives proposing no increase while the Senate is recommending a one percent increase.  The college’s current level of appropriations from the state is $1.1 million less than that of 2002.  

“Even with the long-term economic challenges of compromised funding sources and the countercyclical nature of community college enrollment, Macomb has been able to maintain affordability, continue relevant programs and invest in meaningful new offerings that connect students with sustainable career and economic opportunity,” said Jennifer Haase, chair, Macomb Community College Board of Trustees. “Macomb Community College continues to effectively manage operations while preserving the integrity of our students’ experiences and the programs offered.” 

Macomb Community College tuition categories, their current rates and the rates for fall 2017 through spring/summer 2018 are: 


Category                            Current Tuition                 2017-18 Tuition

Resident                              $ 97                                       $100

Non Resident                     $180                                       $186

Out of State/ Foreign         $230                                       $237

Affiliate*                               $123                                       $127

Variable (Contract)             $ 97                                        $100

*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 40,000 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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