Students walk near the Cumberland County College student center in January.

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Cumberland County College will not raise tuition for the 2013-14 school year, but will have a $1 per credit increase to the comprehensive fee.

The college trustees approved the tuition and fees at Thursday’s meeting. Tuition will remain at $110 per credit for students living in Cumberland County and $120 per credit for out-of-county students. The comprehensive fee will increase from $19 to $20 per credit, but all other fees will remain the same.

College President Thomas Isekenegbe issued a statement saying the stable tuition helps the college achieve its goal of enabling all residents to have opportunities to attend and succeed in college.

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The fee increase will raise the total cost $30 for a full-time student taking 30 credits in 2013-14. The cost to attend CCC full-time this year is $4,170.

The statewide average cost to attend a New Jersey community college this year is $4,149.

The trustees also approved a 2013-14 budget of $26.1 million, a nearly 2 percent decrease from the 2012-13 budget of $26.6 million. College officials are asking for almost $6.15 million from the county government, a $100,000 increase from this year.

Enrollment at the college dropped almost 6 percent in the fall of 2012, a pattern repeated at many of the county colleges, which statewide lost almost 5 percent of their full-time enrollment. To help control costs and tuition loss, Cumberland County College will not fill some staff and faculty job vacancies that have occurred due to retirements or resignations.

Atlantic Cape Community College trustees in January approved a 6 percent increase in tuition and fees, which will raise the cost to $3,956 for 2013-14.

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