Friday, May 30, 2014

ECCC Plans No Increase in Tuition for 2014-15

Tuition will remain the same for the upcoming school year at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart.

Dr. Stewart made the announcement following the May 13, 2014, meeting of the ECCC Board of Trustees, which approved his request not to raise costs to attend the two-year institution this year.

His recommendation not to raise tuition and general student fees is based on the proposed FY2015 E&G Budget, which is built upon a projected increase in state appropriations and student enrollment.

Dr. Stewart stated, “The 2014 Mississippi legislature increased appropriations to community colleges by 4.6 percent which is proving very helpful in our goal to maintain our current charge for tuition. We appreciate their continued support of our college and the community college system.”

“In addition, based on preliminary enrollment reports, the College budgeted for an anticipated enrollment increase of 100 students in FY2015,” said Dr. Stewart. He noted that contingencies within the budget have been incorporated should the enrollment increase not materialize. He said the College will monitor actual enrollment figures and make changes as needed.

Dr. Stewart also explained that in an effort to address an action plan in 2020 Vision regarding coherent, structured educational pathways, several classes within Workforce Education programs will be providing opportunities for students to earn stackable credentials through national certification testing. Therefore, the College is planning an increase in fees associated with certification testing in selected Workforce Education classes.

East Central, which serves Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties, offers one of the lowest tuition and fee schedules among the state’s 15 community and junior colleges.

Tuition for in-state students will remain at $990 per semester. Students who reside out of state or out of country will continue to pay an additional $1,050 per semester.

Dormitory fees remain at $675 per semester for all dorms except Barber Hall, where the fee is $775 per semester.

The two meal plans offered at EC will also remain the same. A five-day meal plan costs $790 per semester. Students who prefer a seven-day meal plan will pay $970 per semester.

Dr. Stewart added, “We hope that our decision to not increase tuition and fees will allow more individuals to take advantage of the wonderful educational opportunities East Central has to offer. We are working hard in every aspect of college operations to be viewed locally as the preferred gateway to higher education and training for residents of east central Mississippi due to our focus on students and their success and our commitment to communities and their development.”

Several orientation/registration sessions are scheduled this summer for new and transfer students planning to attend the fall 2014 semester.

The first session will be held Saturday, June 7. Additional sessions are scheduled Friday, June 20; Friday, July 11; and Friday, August 8.

Fall classes start Monday, August 18, 2014.

For more information, contact ECCC Student Services, at 601-635-6205 or email