ICC enrollment numbers down almost 5 percent

By Chad Weber

August 22, 2013 Updated Aug 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Enrollment at Illinois Central College has taken an almost five percent drop from last year.

Officials said the impact of state and federal aid as well as a fluctuating unemployment rate is partly to blame.

However, the decrease is actually an improvement from an eight percent drop reported in late March.

The college credits late enrollment as well as their "Walk-in Wednesdays" program for the surge.

"It's always significant when you are talking about up or down," said Vice President of Student Affairs, Guy Goodman. "A four percent decrease is very significant for us because every percentage point is a matter of dollars for us. It's tuition dollars that we are losing out of if it is a negative."

Goodman said a four percent decrease is the target for a balanced budget this year and he expects to reach that goal once dual-credit high school students enroll.