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Tuition stays same for 2017-18

May 21, 2017

Students win when tuition stays flat.

In an era where tuition and fees have consistently increased each year, Johnson County Community College has managed to keep its tuition flat! That means students enrolling in Fall 2017 will pay the same tuition and fees as students who enrolled in Fall 2016.

The JCCC Board of Trustees voted to keep the current rate at its May 11 meeting, and JCCC President Joe Sopcich said he couldn’t be happier.

“This is a definite win for our students,” he said. “JCCC is a place where every student has the opportunity for success.  By not raising tuition, that opportunity for success is now more achievable for more students.” 

As part of the College’s approved 2017-2018 budget, tuition and fee rates remain as follows:

  • Johnson County resident students, $93 per credit hour
  • Kansas residents from other counties, $110 per credit hour
  • Metro Rate, which applies to residents in ZIP codes starting with 640 and 641, $135 per credit hour
  • Students from other areas of Missouri and other states, $220 

How it happened

Greg Musil, chair of the JCCC Board of Trustees, said he was pleased to see administration recommend no increases to tuition.

“We carefully review every line item of our budget every year, both the revenues and expenses, and every year I have been on the Board, we have asked students to pay more in tuition and fees,” he said.

“I’m pleased that because of our careful cost management and the economic strength of Johnson County, we can make our programs a little more affordable for the 2017-2018 school year.”

The budget also benefited from enrollment numbers, which increased slightly at JCCC while falling nationwide. In fact, a 2016 survey conducted by “Inside Higher Ed” found that 88 percent of community colleges were down in enrollment from 2014, some by double-digit percentages.

Last academic year, JCCC enrolled 29,569 credit students while maintaining an average class size of 17: 1 student teacher ratio.

Part of the reason a tuition freeze is possible is that careful fiscal management means JCCC’s general fund expenditures will increase by only 2.3 percent in the coming year. Those expenditures include salary increases for faculty and staff, as well as significant additional investment to improve the College’s Overland Park campus in connection with its Facilities Master Plan and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the college.

Student reaction

Maria Paramo Perez, 19, a graduate of Olathe North High School who plans to be an engineer, said that price was definitely a big factor in her decision to attend JCCC. “I looked at the price per credit hour and I thought it was really, really affordable,” she said. “Sometimes tuition goes up a little, and that can make a big difference to a student.”

Ellie Light, 20, a graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School, enrolled in JCCC for both the quality and the affordability. She plans to enter Kansas State’s architectural program this fall but said she was glad she started college at JCCC.

“JCCC is a great institution that offers what a lot of great universities do but at a more affordable rate,” Light said.

Ongoing commitment

Musil said the trustees’ goal “is to ensure exceptional and affordable college opportunities here in our Johnson County community. Our upcoming budget is another example of our progress toward that goal.”

Enrollment for both Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 is now open. Students can apply and check out classes offered online and on campus.