WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa — Students attending Southeastern Community College next year will pay more to do so.

The Hawk Eye reports (http://bit.ly/2sbJcKj ) that the college’s board of trustees voted Monday to raise tuition and fees in lieu of cutting programs or faculty to deal with state budget cuts.

Students will pay $6 more per credit hour, bringing the cost to $176 per credit hour for resident students and $181 for nonresident students. Tuition for international students will be $209. Students also must pay a $4-per-credit-hour technology fee, which will rise to $5 in 2019.

Board Chairman Jeff Heland says SCC still is comparable in price to similarly-sized community colleges. The average tuition and fee rate for Iowa community colleges was $171.31 in 2017 and $164.13 in 2016.

Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com