CCC GRADUATION

On May 18th, 2017, Cumberland County College holds its graduation.

VINELAND — Tuition rates will increase at Cumberland County College next year to cover the increasing costs of instruction, part of a local trend.

The Board of Trustees approved a $2 per credit increase at its March 15 meeting.

“It is anticipated that the governmental appropriations will not meet the increase in educational and general costs,” a resolution approving the increase states.

According to the college’s 2018-19 budget, instruction costs rose to $9.9 million from $9.4 million in 2017-18. Instruction costs make up 38.6 percent of the appropriations in next year’s budget.

Other county colleges have also raised prices for the next school year. In February, Atlantic Cape Community College increased its tuition rates by 5.85 percent, or $7 per credit hour. Ocean County College increased its tuition rates by $3 per credit hour for 2018-19.

Despite the increases, South Jersey’s county colleges maintain some of the lower tuition rates in the state.

The tuition rate for Cumberland County students will be $120 per credit hour. For out-of-county students attending the college, the rate will be $130, and for out-of-state students $260.

The college also approved a $24 million operating budget for next fiscal year that included a $6 million contribution from the Cumberland County government.

The budget includes $11 million in revenue from tuition and fees, $3 million from the state and $3 million from other sources.

The budget must be approved by the Board of School Estimate. A public hearing will be held 1:30 p.m. April 18 at the county administration building in Bridgeton.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.