MATTOON -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees is scheduled Monday evening to consider maintaining the college’s current tuition and fee structure for the upcoming spring semester.

Vice President for Business Services Bryan Gleckler wrote in a memo to the board that his recommendation to maintain this structure is based on the most recent information available from the various funding sources from which Lake Land receives revenue.

“With the passage of a state budget for fiscal year 2018, the college is receiving a more normal state funding level this year as compared to the last two fiscal years,” Gleckler said. “However, there still remains substantial uncertainty over state funding levels in the long term and the college remains committed to be cautious in its approach to spending.”

Gleckler’s proposal calls for maintaining the current tuition structure at $102.50 per credit hour for students from Lake Land’s district, $229.96 for students from out-of-district, and $423.36 for those from out of state.

The college originally set the tuition rates at these levels in fall 2016, and then kept them in place for spring 2017 and fall 2017. A full-time student would take 15 credit hours in the fall or spring.

“Lake Land College continues to be very cost effective for the students it serves based on these tuition and fee rates,” Gleckler said. “The college remains well below the state average for community colleges for both in-district and out-of-district per credit hour cost totals.”

In addition, Gleckler’s proposal calls for maintaining the current activity fee at $2.50 per credit hour and the service fee at $28 per credit hour.

The board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday in Webb Hall 081 on the main campus in Mattoon.

Other proposed actions on the board’s meeting agenda include:

  • Approving a trustee candidate to fill a vacant seat on the board. The candidates are Matt Forcum, Sullivan; Jere Schuler, Effingham; Meg Steward, Marshall; Michael Stopka, Mattoon; and Denise Walk, Teutopolis.
  • Purchasing a 2017 Ford Fusion from Dan Pilson Auto Centers of Mattoon for a $5,000 down payment plus monthly payments of $502 per month over three years.
  • Certifying the Sept. 13-14 Student Government Association election results. Those elected were Macy Davidson, Casey; Taylor Davidson, Marshall; Christian Dolan, Herrick; Grace Mauck, Sullivan; Grace Zeller, Effingham; Mazi Walker, Winchester; Grace Goddard, Sandwich; and Jodie Harris, Windsor.
  • Approving recommendations from the Advisory Committee for the naming of Northwest Building Room 114 as the Heartland Dental–Dental Hygiene Lab and the park area on the campus main grounds as Dr. William L. and Margaret Podesta Park.
  • Increasing the current Perkins grant program specialist position from part time to full time.
  • Creating a director of Foundation operations position to support fundraising efforts for Lake Land. The nonprofit Lake Land College Foundation will provide 100 percent of the funding for this new position.

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