College Reconsiders Senior Tuition Waivers

CENTREVILLE, Mich. — Glen Oaks Community College may rethink its practice of offering free tuition to students age 60 or older, an offer that has led some seniors to enroll full-time in the college’s nursing program, according to the Three Rivers Commercial-News. That is one of Glen Oaks’ most expensive programs.

The waivers cost the college about $15,000 last year, President Gary Wheeler told trustees at a recent meeting, the Commercial-News reported. Wheeler said that state law allows for senior citizen tuition waivers, but doesn’t require it, according to the Commercial-News. He said a number of enrollees are retraining for second careers.

Trustees took no action to change the current policy, though they discussed raising the minimum age for free tuition to 65, or placing tuition-waived seniors in classes on a space-available basis only.

Three Rivers Commercial-News, “Glen Oaks/Trine link discussed,” May 12, 2011

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Helpful Facts about Michigan’s Public Sector,” March 15, 2011