Despite decreases in state funding, Parkland has been able to reduce costs elsewhere in order to hold tuition rates for 2020-2021 at the same rates as in 2019-2020. They are also implementing a plan called Cobra Comeback to help returning students address any financial holds they may have. From the press release:

Parkland in-district rates will remain at $148.50 per credit hour (all Tier One courses) for the 2020-2021 academic year, the Parkland College Board of Trustees announced at its regular meeting Wednesday. Parkland President Tom Ramage made the recommendation not to increase tuition rates based on a careful analysis of projected revenues and expenditures.

Along with freezing tuition rates for next year, the Board of Trustees approved a new debt forgiveness program, called Cobra Comeback, which will allow former students a chance to restart their education at Parkland by removing financial holds preventing registration.

For each course in which these returning students earn a C or higher, the cost of current tuition per credit hour will be removed from their past-due balance, according to Dean of Enrollment Management Kristin Smigielski. Eligibility for the Cobra Comeback program also includes:

  • good academic standing
  • debt of no more than $2,000
  • non-enrollment at Parkland during the past academic year

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