Grand Rapids Community College will be waiving online fees for courses offered through distance learning during the 2020-21 academic year after trustees unanimously approved a $112.9 million budget.
Students taking distance learning classes will save $16 per contact hour or about $50 for a three-credit class. However, students still will be responsible for tuition and other universal fees.
David Koetje, board of trustees chairman, said the budget is a fiscally responsible and sustainable plan at a time of great uncertainty. He added state aid is a large part of GRCC’s funding, and lawmakers have not yet set a budget for the next fiscal year. The budget was built anticipating a 15% reduction in state aid.
“While there is much we do not know, we can be certain GRCC will not waiver from its mission of providing a quality, affordable education to the people of West Michigan,” Koetje said. “GRCC provides opportunities for people of all ages to enhance and even transform their lives through education.”
Tuition and fees account for about half of the college’s revenue. In April, trustees unanimously approved a 1.7% tuition increase for the 2020-21 academic year. The increase will be under 2% for the third consecutive year.
In-district tuition rate of $117 per contact hour is a 1.7% increase — $2 per contact hour — from the 2019-20 rate. The total cost for a full-time student will be $3,969 for the year.