GCC will raise tuition by $50 per semester

Posted 14 June 2017 at 2:53 pm

Press Release, GCC

BATAVIA – Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees set 2017-2018 tuition at $2,025 per semester for full-time students, an increase of $50 over 2016-2017 tuition.

Tuition for part-time students will be $165 per credit hour, an increase of $5. Genesee’s tuition and fees will remain among the lowest among all State University of New York colleges, President James M. Sunser noted.

Trustees also approved a $40.92 million operating budget for the coming fiscal year, September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018, up less than 1% from the current $40.54 million budget. The budget is a maintenance-of-effort budget, said Dr. Sunser and Vice President for Finance and Operations Kevin P. Hamilton.

The operating budget funds all of GCC’s academic programs and services at current levels. The budget also provides for the heating, lighting and maintenance of the new Student Success Center and Richard C. Call Arena.

The college is seeking an increase of $50,000 in annual support from the Genesee County Legislature, sponsor of GCC.

GCC also anticipates New York State aid totaling $10.61 million, significantly less than the one-third funding anticipated as part of the state legislation creating the SUNY system.

Although the college has named seven success coaches as part of its innovative new success coaching program for students, GCC has not increased the total number of student services staff members.

With careful planning, GCC reorganized many of its non-classroom functions, and created new success coach positions by reducing the number of positions in other college departments.

“Success coaching is a very efficient and productive way for us to deliver services to students, but more important, it provides students with the very important personal guidance they need to be successful in their academic careers and beyond,” Sunser told trustees.

The budget will next be presented to the Genesee County Legislature, sponsor of the college. After Legislature approval, the budget will be presented to SUNY for final review and approval.

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