Atlantic Cape Community College students will pay about 5% more this year to earn their way toward graduation.

Michael Ein, May 23, 2013

ATLANTIC CITY — The Atlantic Cape Community College board of trustees on Tuesday approved a 5 percent increase in tuition and fees that will add almost $200 to the annual cost for a full-time student.

The tuition increase takes effect with the summer session. A full-time student taking 30 credits per year will pay $4,152 per year.

The total cost per credit will increase by $6.55 to $138.40, for a cost of about $415 per three-credit course.

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Tuition for the culinary program will increase from $324 per credit to $340 per credit, plus mandatory and culinary fees.

Online course tuition will increase from $133.50 to $140 per credit.

Trustees approved the increase without comment.

Trustee Maria Mento, who chairs the finance committee, said Atlantic Cape’s tuition remains in the bottom third among the state’s 19 community colleges.

Cumberland County College’s board of trustees approved a 3 percent increase in February, bringing its total cost for a full-time student to $4,290 per year.

During the meeting at the Atlantic City campus, the trustees also approved a fiscal year 2015 operating budget of $41.2 million, a decrease of about $100,000 from the current budget. Tuition and fees make up about two-thirds of the budget.

State aid is expected to drop less than 1 percent to $5.5 million. County support is expected to drop by nearly 2 percent to $8.4 million, reflecting an anticipated 3 percent decrease in enrollment.

Dean of Finance Catherine Skinner said the enrollment decline and loss of accompanying tuition revenue is a primary reason for the need to raise tuition.

The college also expects to open new buildings in Atlantic City and Mays Landing next year, which will add new operating costs.

The college is in negotiations with faculty, support staff, middle management and culinary staff. Representatives of the Atlantic Cape Community College Education Association attended the meeting to express their displeasure with the progress of negotiations. President Sandi Greco said they are declaring an impasse. Contracts expire June 30.

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