Waco , TX (KWKT) — The McLennan Community College is preparing for an anticipated 3 percent decrease in enrollment next year.
The college says, on a national level, community colleges are experiencing the same decline due to changes in the Pell Grant. A federal grant that provides school money to low-income undergraduate and certain post-baccalaureate students.
MCC President, Dr.Johnette McKown, met with the board of trustees on Tuesday, during a monthly meeting to discuss upcoming campus plans and a budget outline for 2015.
McKown says, despite the lower enrollment numbers, MCC is committed towards keeping tuition rates the same.
"We are not going to have a tuition hike, we believe in helping the students complete in a positive manner. So, there will be no tuition increase and probably not a tax increase either. We are trying to budget what we can do with the resources available and there are a lot of great things happening."
McKown also stated, the school is committed to making sure that MCC staff is not effected in the reallocation of funds.
Despite a downfall, McKown reassures students the college experience will not change and they can expect exciting new improvements for the new year. The school plans and focusing on making completion percentage and the Achieving the Dream program a top priority.
The board will meet again on July 12, to discuss the budget in depth.