Tuition at North Island College will increase by two per cent next year, as the college works to maintain its programming.
The college’s board of governors approved the bylaw increasing tuition Wednesday.
North Island College has not yet heard from the Ministry of Advanced Education what the allowable increase will be, but indications are that it will be a two-per-cent limit as in previous years, said college president Jan Lindsay.
Effective for courses with start dates after Aug. 15, university transfer and career technical courses will cost $86.04 per credit, $258.12 per three-credit course, $1,290.60 per semester and $2,581.20 per year.
Practical nurse access students will pay $132.60 per credit, while trades and vocational students will pay $2,581.20 per program year.
English as a Second Language will cost $71.87 for 45-hour courses and $143.76 for 90- to 135-hour courses.
Chris Castro, a student representative to the board who is also a member of the North Island Students’ Union, voted against the two-per-cent increase.
“I think it would be great if we stood out and showed students that we care,” said Castro.
The 2011-12 budget assumes the college’s base operating grant will be unchanged from 2010-11 at $21,769,139 and that tuition and fee increases will be limited to two per cent.