The Iowa Central Community College board of directors voted Tuesday to increase tuition rates for the 2014-15 year and to increase faculty wages.
The tuition for state residents in 2014-15 will increase $6, from $137 per credit hour to $143, and tuition for non-residential students will increase $9, from $205.50 to $214.50 per credit hour.
"We're trying to keep these down as low as we can," Dan Kinney, Iowa Central president, said. "Even with the increase we did get in state general aid, it just really covers raises, and we have other things on top of that, such as utilities."
He added, "It leaves us on the higher side of the middle of the pack."
Room and board rates were also raised.
The board approved an increase of $200 (or $100 per semester), from $5,950 to $6,150 for the school year.
"That keeps us still very competitive in regards to apartment-style living comparable to the other community colleges," Kinney said. "You'll see some community colleges with lower living rates, but they're in traditional residential homes."
Salaries for administrative and support staff employees were increased by 2.9 percent.
"Basically, what we're doing is treating everybody the same," Mark Crimmins, board president, said.
The board then renewed Kinney's three-year contract as president, also with a 2.9 percent increase. He will receive $185,027 per year.
"I don't see any reason why we wouldn't give him a 2.9 percent increase like every else at the college," Crimmins said. "And I don't see any reason why it should be greater than everyone else at the college, either."
With the amount approved, Kinney expressed his gratitude.
"I appreciate it," he said. "Thank you guys for your confidence. We look forward to another three years."
In addition, the board increased adjunct faculty compensation by $10 across all levels, and non-credit instructors received a 1.5 percent increase, not to exceed 25 cents.