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STLCC reduces tuition by 5%, saving $1.7 million for students

Based on the bipartisan efforts of the Missouri Legislature to restore initial cuts to the higher education bill, House Bill 2003, and Governor Mike Parson's expected approval of the state budget for fiscal year 2019, St. Louis Community College is reducing tuition by five percent to benefit its students in the coming academic year.

The lower tuition may save students approximately $1.7 million, based on projected credit-hour enrollment.

The 2018-19 in-district rate for STLCC students will be $110.50 per credit hour. Prior to the reduction, the rate was $115.50 per credit hour.

The change is due in large part to Missouri House Bill 2003. The bill includes an emphasis on workforce development and $2 million for SkillUP, a program for SNAP recipients in Missouri that provides opportunities for education, job search training, work-based learning and vocational training.

"On behalf of the students of St. Louis Community College, I want to personally thank the state legislature and Gov. Parson for valuing the importance of higher education," said Jeff L. Pittman, chancellor.

"Based on their actions to restore the initial cuts, the STLCC Board of Trustees authorized a potential reduction in tuition, depending upon on the outcome of the state budget.

"Ultimately, our students are the beneficiaries of bipartisan leadership by the legislature and Gov. Parson," continued Pittman.

A proactive decision
At its March 2018 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a five-percent increase to maintenance fees in response to a recommended decrease in state appropriations by then-Governor Eric Greitens.

At that time, the trustees authorized that "due to uncertainties inherent in the state budget process, the chancellor be authorized to reduce the fees to the fall 2017 amounts, if feasible…"

STLCC students who have already registered for fall 2018 were billed at the increased rate. STLCC will reassess the fees to reflect the reduction. Any student who has paid in full will be refunded the amount of overpayment.

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