JCC Board Approves Tuition Hike

New York state residents attending Jamestown Community College will pay almost $100 more per semester next year.

On Tuesday, the JCC board of trustees approved the school’s 2014-15 operating budget. The approved budget is 2.4 percent higher than JCC’s 2013-14 fiscal plan. The budget total was $35,367,737, which is $816,444 more than last year’s spending plan.

The JCC budget was the first created under the administration of Cory L. Duckworth, who became the college’s president in the fall of 2013.

”I am grateful to the college’s administrative team for working with me to create a budget that will serve the college’s students and our communities well,” Duckworth said. ”I am also glad that the state budget was approved on time, providing us with an accurate per-full-time-equivalent student rate which is a critical element in the budget equation.”

In the new budget, full-time New York resident tuition will increase by $95 per semester. The 2013-14 JCC budget increased full-time New York resident tuition by $85 per semester. John Garfoot, JCC administration vice president, said the budget includes the state aid amount of $2,497 per-full-time-equivalent student, which was up slightly from last year.

”As maintaining access to higher education is always a priority for us, we are mindful of the impact of tuition increases on our students,” Garfoot said. ”We believe this increase will be offset by financial aid for most of our students, particularly those in greatest need. Students at many of the State University of New York’s community colleges will see similar increases, as will students attending other two- and four-year colleges and universities across the nation.”

Duckworth said the budget will allow the school to maintain high-quality education, which JCC has built during the past 60 years.

”The new budget supports the college’s strategic plan and will allow us to keep the promise we make to connect students to their goals by providing challenging educational experiences in a caring environment,” Duckworth said.