County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef Wednesday announced that his proposed 2013-2014 Rockland Community College (RCC) Budget was delivered to the Rockland County Legislature. The recommended spending plan totals $67,566,782 for the year 2013-2014, with a county contribution of $16,375,567. There is no increase in the county contribution over the 2012-2013 Adopted Budget.
Rockland Community College will be receiving an increase in state aid for the second consecutive year. The college will see a $1.1 million increase in state aid in 2013-14. Base state aid per full-time equivalent (FTE) student is increasing by $150 to $2,422 from $2,272. The college faces a number of financial challenges including an increase in employee benefits of $379,000 or 2 percent primarily because of pension costs, and an increase in contractual expenses and supplies of $351,000 or 4 percent. In addition, enrollment at the college is declining by 373 FTE students or 5.9 percent.
The proposed budget recommends a tuition increase for full-time students of $75 per semester or $150 for the entire year. Even with the proposed increase in tuition, total tuition revenue will decrease by $790,000 or 3 percent due to the decline in enrollment.
“In spite of this proposed modest increase in tuition, RCC continues to offer an affordable, quality education that is a tremendous value for our residents, ” said Vanderhoef.