Sinclair College to increase fees, generating another $1.6 million

Sinclair Community College will increase some student and course fees that combined will bring in around $1.6 million more in revenue for the school.

The college’s board of trustees agreed earlier this week to raise fees, effective immediately, according to the resolution passed.

Sinclair will increase its auxiliary fee from $50 to $85, said spokesman Adam Murka. The auxiliary fee pays for parking, career services and student clubs, among other things, Murka said.

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The increase means the auxiliary fee will now bring in around $3 million as opposed to the $1.8 million it currently generates.

“We’re always trying to address parking,” Murka said. “This is something that will allow us to deploy more resources to it.”

Sinclair also will increase fees for around 690 of its more than 1,500 courses. The bump will yeild about $400,000 more in course fees, despite the fact that trustees also agreed to eliminate some.

The decision to raise fees now comes as part of a review Sinclair does of fees every five years or so, Murka said.

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Sinclair charges just over $99 per class credit hour, according to its website. After grants, scholarships and any other financial aid, the average student pays around $811 out of pocket to take classes, Murka said.

Since Sinclair prides itself on being able to offer a more affordable education, Murka said trustees do not take increasing fees lightly.

“A fee increase is something we think seriously about,” Murka said. “We know some of our students are in a place where every nickel counts.”


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