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LCC tuition to increase this summer

Aerial view of Lane Community College's main campus, Eugene, OR.
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A drone's-eye view of Lane Community College's main campus in Eugene.

The Lane Community College Board voted Tuesday evening to increase tuition for the upcoming term.

Members of the Board deliberated for 45 minutes before making their decision. An initial motion to hike tuition by 5% failed, but a second one passed on a 4-3 vote. That motion would implement the same 5% increase but allows the board to revisit the matter if more state support surfaces in the coming months.

Lane Board of Education Meeting, 4-4-2023

Collectively, Oregon’s community colleges say legislative budget-writers have proposed a spending package that falls more than $100 million short of what colleges need in order to recover from the pandemic and hold the line on significant tuition increases.

Note: A previous version of this story quoted a college board member who mis-stated the position of the Lane Student Government Association. The Student Government Association does NOT support the tuition increase at the five percent level approved by the LCC Board. KLCC regrets the error.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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