Bay College tuition to rise slightly

ESCANABA – Bay College students in Delta County will notice a small increase in tuition for 2013-14.

The Bay College Board of Trustees approved raising tuition by $4 from $99 to $103 per contact hour for all Delta County residents attending Bay College. The action took place during a board of trustees meeting held at the college Wednesday.

“Tuition is going up because the cost-of-living is going up,” explained Bay College President Laura Coleman.

The college also faces increased costs due to a slight rate increase in the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS), which also plays a factor.

However, Bay College has experienced a 1.8 percent increase in state funding, which Coleman said they are pleased to receive. Property tax values have also gone up by 4 percent, most of which she said is attributed to the Garden Wind Farm project on the Garden Peninsula.

“Our employees are also going to have a 2 percent raise, which we are grateful we are able to do this year, because they did not receive raises last year,” she said.

The board also voted to adopt the operating budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, as budgets for higher education must be approved by June 30.

Coleman noted this year’s budget does not have a whole lot of changes from the 2012-13 budget, other than a recent reconstruction of college accounts to allow for better information out of their system.

In other business, Coleman noted the college is in the early planning stages of creating a veteran’s space on campus for reflection, a project which will be taken on by the Bay College Foundation.

“It’ll be a place on the grounds to the east of the Heirman Center on Danforth,” she explained. “We just want to have a place where veteran students and other students can go and sit and reflect outdoors. Our veteran students are very important to us.”

According to Coleman, the new space is expected to include benches and a memorium for veterans. The goal is to have it in place sometime this fall.