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.
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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.