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 By Dick LaymanContact
May 14, 2009

Des Moines, IA – Students at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) were looking at a double-digit tuition increase next fall, but instead they are getting a pleasant surprise. DMACC’s board of directors has decided to cut the planned increase almost in half, trimming the original 14.5 percent tuition increase down to 7.5 percent.

DMACC President Rob Denson credits state and national lawmakers for the change.

"I think it's a combination between the governor, the legislature and the federal stimulus package. In the end, it's the stimulus package that brought us very close to the FY09 base funding for DMACC."

Not only will tuition be less than planned for the 2009-10 school year, but some faculty positions will be filled, Denson says.

"We have 17 open positions right now that were frozen because of the budget situation. This will allow us to fill seven of those positions at this time, and we are going to look at the others over time as enrollment and our expenses come in."

Denson says the tuition increase will create another $2.4 million for the college, and the average student will see an increase of about $8 per credit hour. Other community colleges around the state may be able to do likewise, he adds.

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