Student Center at Northern Essex Community College.
Student fees are increasing at Northern Essex Community College as the school expects to follow a national trend in declining enrollment.
College trustees in June approved fee increases of $9 per credit hour on non-health credit courses, bringing fees to $168 a credit; $50 for applied music, affecting students taking courses requiring private music lessons and bringing the total to $300 per course; and $9 per credit hour increase in Allied Health courses for a total of $248 per credit.
“We’ve done a lot to close the budget gap,” said President Lane A. Glenn. “But what we’ve done doesn’t sufficiently cover the gap as well as collective bargaining costs, public safety and facilities updates, and other expenses.”
Fee increases came as trustees voted unanimously to approve an operating budget of $45.9 million. The new budget assumes a 5 percent enrollment decline and related drop of approximately $1.25 million in income.