Tuition for Bucks County Community College students will increase by $7 a credit starting this fall. That means a resident of Bucks County will pay $ $130 a credit to attend the next school year.
The college’s Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously approved the increase, which they said was needed to balance the budget. The college said technology, activity and college services fees will remain unchanged.
The increase means that a typical returning full-time student, which the college describes as a Bucks County resident taking 12 credits a semester, will pay $4,034 for the 2014-15 academic year, an increase of $168.
Tuition for out-of-county residents will increase from $246 to $260, and tuition for out-of-state residents will increase from $369 to $390 a credit.
“The college has received level funding from both the state and county for the last four years,” said Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, college president. “While the college deeply appreciates the support from both, modest increases in expenses require that we adjust tuition.”
Board chairman Blake Eisenhart said the measure was taken after careful consideration of all financial options.
“The Board of Trustees is always extremely reluctant to raise tuition,” Eisenhart said. “We have taken every action possible this year to reduce costs within the college operation, while continuing to provide quality education to our students. Our primary goal is to minimize tuition increases, and do so only as a last option.”
Bucks County Community College is a public, two-year college offering 75 programs of study to nearly 10,000 students seeking college degrees and certification.