Tuition freeze story graphic 2 Washtenaw Community College continues to hold the line on tuition costs, announcing last month a freeze on tuition rates for in-county residents for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The college’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the new tuition rate schedule, which will see only modest increases for out-of-county, out-of-state and international students.

“Our goal is always to make sure that tuition at Washtenaw Community College is affordable,” said WCC Board of Trustees Chair Richard J. Landau, J.D., Ph.D. “We believe that by keeping rates flat for county residents in the upcoming academic year we are meeting that goal.”

Tuition freeze story graphic 1William Johnson, WCC’s chief financial officer, told trustees that the college’s tuition and fee rates continue to be among the lowest among the state’s 28 community colleges, consistently ranking in the lower quarter.

Next academic year’s tuition freeze follows rates frozen from the prior year for students who enrolled early for last fall’s semester.

In addition, there’s no increase in tuition for students who either work in Washtenaw County or own property in the county. They will pay the same $94 per credit hour.

WCC also will freeze fees for the upcoming year, meaning students will not see a rise in the penalty for delinquent payment, late registration or ID card replacement, among others.

The rate structure, according to Johnson, “reflects the significant support” the college receives from Washtenaw County residents. He added that rates remain flat due to the modest one percent operating budget increase.