Tuition at Richard Stockton College is likely to increase in the fall, but just how much won’t be known until July, after the state budget is finalized, President Herman J. Saatkamp said at a board of trustees meeting Wednesday.
Trustees did approve increases in room and board costs for 2014-15 at the meeting.
Saatkamp said any increase in tuition would be as modest as they can make it. There was no increase in tuition and fees for the 2013-14 academic year, but Saatkamp said it appears unlikely they will be able to repeat that for a second year.
“We will take the greatest care we can take,” he said. “We are trying to be cognizant of the cost of college for students and how we can support them.”
He said the college expects its largest freshman class in September, an increase in transfer students and an increase in the number of students on scholarships.
Increased enrollment can help control tuition increases, and contributed to the college’s ability to hold tuition and fees flat during 2013-14.
Meal plan rates will increase 3 percent. Housing costs will remain the same in some units, but will increase as much as 2 percent in others. Housing costs will range from $2,800 to almost $5,000 per semester based on location. Meal plans will range from about $1,700 per year to about $3,600 based on the meal plan chosen.
Trustees also approved Gregory J. Coffin of Newfield, Gloucester County, as the new chief of police for the college. He will be paid $122,000 per year. Coffin retired in 2012 from the State Police, where he last served as assistant bureau chief of the Forensics Investigations Bureau, Special Investigation section.
The board also approved the appointment of a new dean for the School of Health Sciences, Theresa E. Bartolotta, of Lincroft, Monmouth County, at a salary of $170,000 per year. Bartolotta is leaving Seton Hall University, where she has worked since 2004, most recently as director of assessment for academic affairs.
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