Parkland prices increasing

By Amanda Porterfield |

Published 02/20 2014 11:01AM

Updated 02/20 2014 11:05AM

CHAMPAIGN -- Students at Parkland College will pay more for class next year. The board passed the highest tuition increase in its history. Tuition and fees are going up about $14 more per credit hour. That means students will pay about $42 more per class.

The reason is Parkland is in the red $1.5 million. State funding is down, enrollment is down, and money the school gets from property taxes isn't helping since those rates have been flat for years. The board says it's getting hit on all sides and had to do something.

Chris Randles, vice president of administration, says they're going to cut another $1.5 million out of the budget to stay in the black. Those cuts could be anything from cutting down on lawn care, student workers or paper towels in bathrooms.

The tuition increase goes into effect this summer. The college says, if things turn around, the could be no increase or a much smaller one next year.

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