The price tag on an education from Northeast Community College will go up slightly next year. The Northeast Board of Governors gave their approval Thursday to an increase in tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year. The cost per credit hour at all of Northeast's campuses will go up $3 for residents and $3.75 for out-of-state residents. With the changes, the total cost for tuition and fees for next year will increase from $88.50 to $91.50 per credit hour for in-state students. Northeast officials say before the rates were changed, a comparative study was done which included other colleges in surrounding states along with area Universities and Wayne State College. The study shows the increase is comparable to what other community colleges are doing in Nebraska. Also at Thursday's meeting, the board approved a just over $1.6 million project that will include a new pedestrian walkway through the middle of the Norfolk campus. Along with infrastructure improvements, the project will also see new sidewalks, lighting, retaining walls and a shade structure that will surround an outdoor cafeteria area.