No Tuition Increase Under Astorino’s WCC Budget for 4th Straight Year

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WHITE PLAINS, NY — For the fourth consecutive year, tuition for nearly 13,000 students at Westchester Community College (WCC) will not increase under a proposed budget submitted by County Executive Robert P. Astorino to the Board of Legislators on Monday.

“Working collaboratively with the college’s leadership, we are able to propose a budget that keeps tuition flat for the fourth year in a row,” Astorino said. “WCC’s students work hard to make a better life for themselves and their families, and we approach each budget with the goal of protecting their efforts. A tuition increase would mean an additional burden that many could not bear.”

The $122.5 million operating budget for the 2016-2017 school year includes a $29.8 million sponsor contribution from the county, an increase of $500,000 over last year. Total salaried positions at the college will remain flat at 547.

Additionally, WCC’s capital budget will increase by $800,000 to $3.8 million. The five capital projects funded by the budget include technology upgrades to the main and satellite campuses, roof replacements and infrastructure upgrades.

The Board of Legislators is scheduled to vote on the budget on August 1. The college’s fiscal year begins on September 1.