Students at Richard Stockton College will get more parking and lower summer tuition in 2013.

The college board of trustees approved a 5 percent decrease in undergraduate tuition and fees for summer 2013 to encourage students to take summer courses. Courses will cost $384.26 per credit, or $1,537 for a typical four-credit course, an $81 savings per course for in-state students.

Tuition and fees for graduate courses will remain $706.44 per credit, the same as in summer 2012.

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Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp Jr. said after the meeting that more students are attending full time and taking advantage of the college tuition plan that allows them to take as many as 20 credits for the same cost as 16 during the fall and spring semesters.

“We are hoping the reduced cost also makes summer more attractive and helps students who need to take extra classes,” he said.

The trustees also approved a $400 clinic fee for students who take private music lessons at the college. The lessons will be taught by music teachers in the community and will include eight 45-minute lessons. Students will earn one college credit for the lessons. Part-time students who want to take the lessons for credit would pay a $100 tuition fee plus the $400 clinic fee. High school students could also be eligible for that program.

Trustee Michael Jacobson reported that the four tennis courts on the main campus will be removed to add 150 new parking places that will be ready for the fall 2013 semester. The college plans to build eight new tennis courts at a planned sports complex next year.

Jacobson said the science building is also on schedule to open in fall 2013 and the addition to the Woodbine building will be ready to open in January.

Managers got the opportunity for merit raises under a resolution that approved a 3.5 percent increase in funds, allocated to a merit pool. Trustee Emma Byrne noted that managers had not had a raise in the past two years. She also noted that the funds are merit-based, so not all managers would get the same raise.

Saatkamp said a merit-based system was instituted for the non-union managers a few years ago, and typically there are people who may get no raise and others who might get 5 percent or 6 percent.

“We look at the work people are doing, and the equity in what they are paid,” he said.

Finally, the trustees approved $75,000 for six additional concerts by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. The symphony already has a $90,000 two-year contract with the college.

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