Tuition at Cumberland County College will increase almost 3 percent, or $3 per credit, effective July 1.
The college Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday. The per-credit cost will increase from $110 to $113, an extra $9 per course or $90 per year for a full-time student taking 30 credits.
For out-of-county residents, the per-credit tuition rate will increase from $120 to $123.
Fees will not increase.
The board did not raise tuition last year, but did raise the comprehensive fee $1 per credit. Tuition and fees for a full-time student taking 30 credits during the 2013-14 academic year is $4,200. The county college average cost in New Jersey is $4,319.
College officials issued a release saying they were concerned that state funding for the 2014-15 academic year will fall short of anticipated cost increases. Gov. Chris Christie will deliver his budget address today.
College officials also approved a proposed 2014-15 budget of $26.76 million, a 2.5 percent increase from the 2013-14 budget of 26.1 million. The trustees are requesting $6,167,871 from the county government, an almost $121,000 or two percent increase over this year.
"We know even a small increase like this can be a challenge for our students," college President Thomas Isekenegbe said in a statement. He said they tried to find a balance of quality and cost.
County colleges have also been concerned about decreasing enrollment, which reduces revenue. Cumberland's enrollment dropped 6 percent in fall 2012, but rebounded a bit in fall 2013, showing a 4 percent increase in full-time enrollment, but a 7 percent decrease in part-time enrollment for a total loss of less than one percent.
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