Southeastern Community College is asking current and future students to dig a little deeper to pay for their education.
The Board of Trustees agreed to increase tuition by $8 per credit hour starting this fall.
President Michael Ash said the board had to take this step, given declines in enrollment and state funding.
"To keep our operations moving forward, we have done all the belt-tightening we can do this time around," said Ash. "So it now results in having to increase that tuition cost."
The $153 per credit hour cost includes college-wide fees.
Ash said that figure is still less than the average of Iowa's 15 community colleges.
He said the additional revenue will not go towards the renovations planned for SCC’s campuses in West Burlington and Keokuk.