EUGENE, Ore. -- The Lane Community College Board of Education on Thursday voted to increase tuition for both residents and non-residents.
Residential students will now pay $113.50 per credit hour, a $4 per hour increase. Non-residents will pay $270 per credit hour, an increase of $10 an hour.
International students wouldn’t see a change, and would remain at $236 per credit hour for fall, winter, and spring terms, and $158 for summer.
Non-credit students would also remain the same at $4.50 per contact hour.
Students said they were frustrated to hear that things continue to increase without any of their input, and increases like this really put a strain on them.
"Other people struggle with paying for rent, paying for tuition. I'm here by a miracle honestly, and I'm still struggling. Even if it's like a tiny little increase, it does add up,” said Jiulia Sala, an LCC international student from Italy.
However, one student said the increase could be worth it if it meant maintaining a school that provided programs students wanted and needed.
"But at the same time, if we get to save some programs, if we get improved services for the students here, counseling, anything like that, I can't really weigh against that,” said Marek Belka, another LCC student.
Belka said he understood the financial burden of college, and he himself was struggling with that part as well. He also said he wants to get the most out of his college education, and a raise in tuition might create some opportunities to do that.