John Wood to freeze tuition for third straight year

Posted: Jun. 13, 2019 4:50 pm

QUINCY -- John Wood Community College will maintain its freeze on tuition for the third consecutive year, after its Board of Trustees approved a tentative $15.539 million budget for the next fiscal year Wednesday night.

The budget is just over $550,000 more than last year but will not increase tuition or instructional fees for students -- $163 per credit hour for in-district students.

Increased revenues are based on a projected 42,400 credit hours, which is 250 more than the current year, flat state funding and property taxes.

The school said the budget increase is based on strategic planning investments, enrollment initiatives and college contractual obligations.

More than a dozen enrollment initiatives are part of the proposed budget, including the continuation of the Missouri Plus Scholarship to attract students into career and technical programs and efforts to boost enrollment in health sciences programs.

"Our board continues to balance its conservative approach with progressive investments in strategic initiatives," said JWCC President Michael Elbe. "Holding the line on tuition as much as we can should help more students access higher education at an exceptional value. Funding plans to boost enrollment, especially in programs that lead to key workforce sectors, will help us experience some growth in a very challenging environment."

The budget will be available for 30 days for public before it is up for adoption at the July 17 Board of Trustees meeting.