Survey ranks KCC the fourth most affordable community college in Michigan

The Gibson Survey ranks KCC as the fourth most affordable community college in Michigan.

An annual survey of tuition and fees at Michigan’s community colleges shows Kellogg Community College is the fourth most affordable in the state.

The Gibson Survey each year tallies tuition, fees and other costs for a fictional, in-district student who enrolls in each of the following freshman courses: English, math, biology and psychology/sociology. The purpose of the survey is to determine the actual amount a student pays to take a semester’s worth of classes. Those expenses, which don’t include textbooks, are presented in the survey as a “cost per credit” for each of the 28 community colleges across the state.

The 2012 survey, compiled and released this month by the Michigan Community College Business Officers Association, shows KCC’s cost per credit is $99.59. On the survey, costs per credit ranged from $77.11 to $163.20.

Costs per credit differ from each college’s tuition rate, which is a flat charge per credit hour. KCC’s tuition rate, for example, is $83.50 for in-district students.

“We work diligently to keep our costs as affordable as possible because we know students are watching every dollar they spend on education,” said Rick Scott, chief financial officer at KCC and vice president of MCCBOA.

Scott noted that the three colleges ranked as more affordable – Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College – are significantly larger and in communities with much bigger tax bases, which help in lowering actual costs to students.

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