Salt Lake Community College President Dr. Deneece Huftalin and student body officers facilitated the Truth In Tuition event Wednesday afternoon at the Student Event Center.
The forum gives SLCC students a glimpse into the financial workings of their school and explains why tuition may rise for the 2016-17 year.
Dr. Huftalin says that the college’s current goals are to “achieve equity in student participation and completion, improve transfer preparation and pathways, to align with and respond to industry and workforce needs, [and] to secure long-term institutional sustainability and capacity.”
How much is the proposed increase?
To aid in the effort of the school’s current goals, the target is to raise tuition by about 3% total for the 2016-17 school year. This would be about $47 more for a full-time student per semester and would generate about $1.5 million for the school.
What will the increase be used for?
As far as SLCC completion, it appears that white students are completing their degrees at SLCC at a higher rate than students in minority groups. Huftalin has stated that this is “unacceptable,” and plans to use resources from the tuition increase to help students complete their degrees.
Where does SLCC get its revenue?
The majority comes from state tax funds, accounting for 59.2% of revenue. 40.6% comes from tuition and 0.2% comes from other sources (such as dental hygiene fees).
Why raise tuition?
As part of Utah Code 53B, each of the eight USHE institutions in Utah (University of Utah, Weber, USU, SUU, Dixie, Snow College, UVU and SLCC) must raise their tuition by an amount determined by the Regents. This is called the first-tier increase.
Since the 2011-12 school year, all USHE institutions have had first-tier increases of 3-5% each year.
What is the second-tier increase?
Each school has the option to add another tuition increase on top of this. An additional increase is called a second-tier increase.
Since the 2011-12 school year, SLCC has added a second-tier increase only once by 1%. SLCC has the lowest history of second-tier increases of all eight USHE institutions in the last five years.
Bottom line, a major priority for the tuition increase for 2016-17 is to help disadvantaged students complete their educations — a goal that helps SLCC fulfill its mission.
“SLCC is your community college. We engage and support students in educational pathways leading to successful transfer and meaningful employment,” Dr. Huftalin says.