LBCC Mulls Tuition Hikes, Faces State Funds Shortfall

Linn-Benton Community College will likely raise tuition 7 percent yearly, and pare down staff this next biennium.

LBCC President Greg Hamann in his regular monthly report, wrote, “While our original budget projection model incorporated an 11% increase in state funding for the 2019-21 biennium (note that this assumption was in line with recent historical increases in state funding), we are now assuming only a 3.46% increase.”

Currently, Gov, Kate Brown’s budget calls for the lower figure, as the state grapples to make ends meet.

Under the budget model being considered, most of the shortfall will be met with cuts in staff funding and other expenses, over the next two years. For the 2019-20 school year, $1.48M will come from budget cuts, and $609,228 from increased tuition. For the 2020-21 school year, it would be $15.2M  in expense cuts, versus increased tuition of  $706,197.