Tuition at Kentucky's community colleges will grow by 2.08 percent for in-state students under a 2014-2015 budget approved Friday by the board of regents.
Tuition will increase from $144 per credit hour to $147. Out-of-state students in counties contiguous to Kentucky will pay $294 per credit hour, and all others will pay $515, according to a Kentucky Community and Technical College System news release.
For the 2015-16 academic year, students will pay $150 per credit hour. Out-of-state students from contiguous counties will be charged $300, and all other out-of-state students will pay $525, the news release said. The increases follow the limits outlined by the state's Council on Postsecondary Education.
The council approved $3 tuition increases for students from Kentucky and contiguous counties in other states, the news release said. Out-of-state rates could be double in-state rates.
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"KCTCS remains committed to providing Kentuckians with a quality education that is both affordable and convenient," said P.G. Peeples, chairman of the KCTCS Board of Regents. "Our statewide system of 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses continues to be the best postsecondary education value in the state."
Full-time faculty and staff members will get a 1 percent salary increase for meeting performance expectations under the $924.1 million budget.
"I applaud President (Michael) McCall and his team for their outstanding fiscal management that allows us to compensate faculty and staff for their dedication and untiring efforts in serving our students. We only wish we could have done more," Peeples said.
The 1 percent salary increase stands in contrast to McCall's compensation. A story in May by James McNair of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting showed that McCall's $641,699 compensation in 2013 makes him one of the highest-paid community college system administrators in the nation. Included in the compensation are a $90,000 housing allowance and a $43,200 auto allowance each year.
When he retires on Jan. 15, McCall will become president emeritus for one year and draw his final base salary, or $324,321, after a recent 2 percent raise.