GRAND RAPIDS, June 4, 2018:
Grand Rapids Community College
trustees unanimously approved a $112.3 million budget for the
2018-2019 academic year, a spending plan that includes the
lowest tuition increase in nearly two decades. Tuition and fees
account for about 46 percent of the college’s revenue. In March,
trustees unanimously approved a 0.88 percent tuition increase
for the 2018-2019 academic year.
The budget is based on an in-district tuition rate of $114 per
credit hour. Including universal fees, the total cost for a
full-time student will be $3,879 for the year.
Board of trustees Chairman David J. Koetje said the
budget reflects the college’s commitment to its dual mission:
making quality associate degrees affordable to students
graduating from high school and workforce training accessible to
people seeking to refresh or gain new skills.
“This budget continues a fiscally responsible approach to
investing in opportunities to strengthen our communities,”
Koetje said. “We see the results individually in our students
gaining an education, and collectively with GRCC having a nearly
half-billion-dollar economic impact on West Michigan.”
“Lifelong learning is the key to success, whether it be an
associate degree, credits to transfer to a four-year school, a
credential for career skills -- or any combination of those,”
said GRCC President Bill Pink, Ph. D. “We’re focused on
being relevant and responsive to the people in West Michigan.
Keeping a tuition increase at less than 1 percent demonstrates
Even with the tuition increase, full-time students eligible for
a full Pell grant award will have more than $2,000 available to
cover textbooks and other educational expenses.
GRCC also is building partnerships throughout West Michigan to
create and expand other opportunities to keep education
affordable, including dual enrollment programs that served 720
high school students this year and Early/Middle College programs
in five districts that served more than 300 students.
The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation works with
partners to help with college expenses, including the Health
Care Professionals Education Scholarship Fund, a collaboration
with Spectrum Health. Earlier this year, GRCC was awarded $1
million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to expand
programs that connect vulnerable populations with careers in
public works and health care.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational
opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years.
Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses,
certification and training programs, and workshops and personal
enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand
Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and
Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.