AUBURN — The Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees approved a $260 tuition increase Wednesday night along with its annual budget.
The 2011-12 budget is for $30,763,646, a 2.2 percent increase from last year. The tuition increase represents a 7.25 percent jump from 2010-11 after there was no increase last year.
It will now cost $3,820 a year for full-time students and $150 per credit hour for part-time students.
The federal Tuition Assistance Program is expected to cover the increase for about 75 percent of the CCC students who currently receive TAP, according to the college.
As part of the budget, the college will ask Cayuga County for $2,898,345, an increase of $56,830, or 2 percent, from last year’s contribution. The county Legislature must approve the budget later this summer.
Trustee George Fearon, also a county legislator, said he thought his colleagues at 160 Genesee St. would understand the request.
“In the past, they’ve been critical when (the college) asked for more money but didn’t raise tuition,” he said. “Since we have a substantial tuition increase, it should let them know we really need the money.”
Last summer, the college asked for and received an extra $28,415 from the county, a 1 percent bump.
The college will also dig deeper into its own pockets, pulling about $2 million from its reserve account, college president Daniel Larson said. Much of that money will go toward the purchase and renovation of land in Fulton for a new campus.
The reserve is now at about $4.4 million, Larson said, and has been building over the last few years in anticipation of the Fulton project. The exact reserve total was not available at the meeting; trustees voted on a one-page budget summary.
Both the budget and the tuition increase passed by 7-2 votes, with board president John Camardo and board secretary Jane Bowen voting against. Trustee Thomas Ganey was absent.
Bowen said she voted against the tuition hike because of concerns about the economy.
“I didn’t want tuition to increase that much,” she said. “I just want to keep things as low as possible.”
Rising costs in salaries and retirement benefits drove the budget increase. There will be no personnel cuts, and department budgets stayed flat.
In other news:
- The board elected a new slate of officers comprising mostly of familiar faces. Camardo and Jeff Edwards were retained as chairman and vice-chairman.
The college’s bylaws prohibit officers from serving consecutive terms, but Camardo and Edwards were both appointed, not elected, and therefore were eligible for two more years.
Trustee Stanley Kott was named treasurer, replacing Bowen.
- The board approved a one-year extension of its labor contract with the CCC Faculty Association that includes a 1.86 percent pay increase. Like the budget, that contract is subject to approval by the county Legislature.
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