JCC's 2014-2015 budget was approved by the college's board of trustees on June 17. The new budget, which totals $35,367,737, is 2.4% larger than the college's original 2013-2014 spending plan. JCC's new fiscal year begins September 1, 2014.
The new JCC budget is 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,” Dr. Duckworth noted. “I am also glad that the state budget was approved on time, providing us with an accurate per-full-time-equivalent (FTE) student rate which is a critical element in the budget equation.”
“The approved budget includes a state aid amount of $2,497 per FTE, which is up slightly from last year,” said John Garfoot, JCC’s vice president of administration.
In the new budget, full-time New York resident tuition will increase by $95 per semester.
“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 noted. “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.”
“This budget will permit us to maintain the same high quality education on which JCC has built its outstanding reputation for over 60 years,” Dr. Duckworth said. “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.”