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Ivy Tech Trustees To Vote On Tuition Increase Thursday

Ivy Tech officials say a tuition hike will help the statewide community college system make investments in areas such as more faculty and better equipment.

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Engineering students work on computers at Ivy Tech.

The Ivy Tech Board of Trustees will vote Thursday on a tuition increase of $20 per credit hour over the next two years – $5 each semester.  That is a more than 8 percent increase each year, compared to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s two percent recommendation.

It also comes on the heels of a nearly 8 percent funding increase in the recently passed state budget.

Yet Ivy Tech Chief Financial Officer Chris Ruhl points out that Ivy Tech only increased its tuition by $25 over the past six years.

“We’ve been modest over the past few years and ultimately there’s some catch up that needs to be done in key areas and that’s what we hope to direct the dollars for,” he says.

Ivy Tech student Christopher Glick, who attended a hearing on the proposed increase Monday, says he was concerned about a portion of the tuition increase being set aside to fund more student activities because did not think there was adequate need.

“I don’t make use of it but as was explained, a survey had been conducted and the consensus was most people are in favorite of it, then that’s fine,” he says.

Some students voiced concerns about possible Ivy Tech facility closures around the state.  Ruhl says while those remain a possibility, a decision will not be made for some time.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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