Delta College raising tuition costs...again - WNEM TV 5

Delta College raising tuition costs...again

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Students will have to dish out more money in order to attend classes next year at a local college. 

Delta College is joining the ranks of schools across the country and raising its tuition rates. Students inside the district will now have to pay $107 per credit hour. Students outside of the district will see tuition rise from $170 to $183 per credit hour.

It's the most expensive classes have ever been at the college. 

"It's quite a bit of money that I will be losing from getting in cash assistance from the government for going to school," said Jennifer Kchodl, student.

Michael Perez, student, said a lot of people are trying to make ends meet and a $7 per credit hour hike will take an extra $84 from him each semester.

Any increase is going to be even harder for us to get through our classes," Perez said.

Deb Lutz, vice president of business and finance for Delta, said the increase is an effort to keep up the quality of classes without having to trim out any program options. 

She blamed declining enrollment, along with stagnant revenue from property taxes and state appropriations for the tuition increase.

Some TV5 viewers said they want Delta to reimburse them if instructors cancel classes, especially since they will be paying more for a seat in the classroom.

Lutz said if anyone has an issue with canceled classes to reach out to the college.

"I would suggest that someone share the specifics and we could look into that," Lutz said.

As for Kchodl, she said a price hike won't drive her away.

"I love Delta. So I'm going to go here no matter what the tuition is," she said.

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