Westchester Community College’s tuition will not increase under a spending plan under consideration for next school year.
Last year, tuition was increased 3 percent to to $4,280 a year, not counting fees.
The Astorino administration has agreed to increase the county contribution to the college for 2013-14 from $27.8 million to $28.7 million. The total operating budget is $122.3 million, of which $55 million comes from tuition and $$32.7 million from state aid.
“The last thing we want to do is place an additional burden on people who are working hard to improve their economic position through education,” said County Executive Rob Astorino in a statement. “So it was vital that we approached next year’s budget with the mindset that we are not going to increase tuition costs for thousands of Westchester families.”
The college had asked for two new full time faculty positions and for funds to increase oversight of part-time faculty, arguing that the over-reliance on part-time faculty compromises services for students. But that was not included in the budget, according to an administration spokesman. About 14,000 credit students attend the college.
The Board of Legislators must approve the budget. A hearing has been set for Aug. 12 at 10:30 a.m.
The proposed budget is available here.