Chamber, city workers offered tuition incentive
May 22, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, IL – MacMurray College have entered agreements with the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Jacksonville to encourage continuing education
Beginning with the fall 2012 semester, the College will offer city employees and their immediate families, and Chamber members, their employees and their immediate families a 25 percent tuition discount at the college.
“Developing, encouraging and retaining an educated workforce is critical for the economic health and economic development of the area,” said MacMurray College President Colleen Hester. “MacMurray recognizes that the better educated the workforce is in the area, the better the economic prospects are for the entire community, including MacMurray.”
In both agreements, full-time students (taking 12 credit hours or more) and part-time students (taking at least six credit hours) might be eligible for additional state and federal financial aid. When pursuing a degree, the discounted rate will be available to full-time students for four years and part-time students for eight years. The terms for transfer students will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The tuition discount cannot be combined with other financial aid provided by MacMurray.
Those who wish to only take a course or two may receive the discount after being admitted as a non-degree-seeking student. To retain the tuition discount, all students must maintain an acceptable academic record in keeping with the College’s standards. The discount does not apply to MacMurray programs that are already heavily discounted, such as the Adult Degree Completion programs, which currently are Organizational Leadership and the anticipated RN to BSN program.
MacMurray’s only condition is that the city and chamber strike agreements only with other area colleges, specifically MacMurray College, Illinois College and Lincoln Land Community College.
“In the 21st century business landscape, a college education and lifelong learning are necessary foundations for personal economic well-being,” said President Hester. “That’s just as true for a community’s economic and business well-being. By offering discounted tuition to Chamber members, city employees and their families, we hope to preserve and enhance the quality of the workforce and the economic prospects of the Greater Jacksonville area. Encouraging degree completion and continuing education will be good for the individuals involved, for the city and its business community, and for the College.”