On March 11, 2014, Sinclair College's Board of Trustees approved a $3.33 per credit hour increase which will allow the college to maintain educational quality and meet student needs while offsetting reduced contributions from state and local levy funding. The college has also implemented millions in efficiencies and spends dramatically less on administrative overhead than a typical community college Sinclair's size. This year, the Sinclair Community College Foundation also provided nearly $800,000 worth of student scholarships based on both merit and need to Sinclair students.
"These are challenging issues to deal with and we take really seriously any addition to tuition," Sinclair Trustee and Finance Committee Chair Rob Connelly said. "Our funding model is stressed so we work to balance the finances to run the college. We are actively involved in how to do more with less."
Sinclair has also worked to reduce spending and increase efficiencies over the last several years, reporting $23 million in savings for a recent four year period and spending approximately 20% less per student in real dollars than 12 years ago. Additionally, Sinclair spends 30-40% less on administrative overhead than the per student average of Ohio community colleges.
"Sinclair Community College takes its obligation to our students to maintain quality and affordability very seriously," Sinclair President Steve Johnson said. "This small and strategic increase in tuition allows the institution to continue to offer strong educational quality while continuing to offer the lowest tuition rates in the State of Ohio."
Sinclair is recognized as a local and national leader in delivering high-quality and affordable higher education. One of the oldest and best known community colleges in the nation, Sinclair is also a board member of the prestigious League for Innovation in the Community College. Sinclair offers over 170 accredited degrees and certificates and is the Ohio cadre leader of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported Completion by Design project. Last year, Sinclair received a $12 million grant from the Department of Labor to develop a new model for distance learning in the information technology field.