Board of Trustees Approves Increase in Tuition to Balance Budget
Bucks County residents will pay $165 a credit for tuition starting this fall
Bucks County Community College’s Board of Trustees voted Thursday, April 11, to increase tuition by $15 a credit for county residents in order to balance the budget for the next academic year.
All other college-wide fees remain unchanged. The vote came at the board’s monthly meeting at the Newtown Campus. The tuition increase takes effect with the fall semester, which begins August 21.
Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, college president, noted that while the increase was needed to maintain academic quality and services, Bucks remains the best educational value for students in the region.
“We’re committed to providing the highest quality educational experience to prepare our students for the workforce or to transfer to the institution of their choice. This includes retaining dedicated faculty and offering small class sizes,” said Shanblatt. “This balanced budget allows us to invest in the success of our students, including support services like tutoring, the latest technology, and in-demand new programs.”
Shanblatt added that the college is committed to serving all Bucks County residents, including degree-seeking students, local businesses, and lifelong learners, through a strategic direction that ensures positive outcomes. For example, new workforce programs address skilled labor shortages in high-demand occupations in the county.
Effective with the fall 2019 semester, tuition for Bucks County residents increases from $150 a credit to $165 a credit. That means tuition for Pennsylvania residents who live outside of Bucks County rises from $300 to $330 a credit, and tuition for out-of-state residents increases from $450 to $495 a credit. All other fees remain the same.
The increase means that a typical returning full-time student – a Bucks County resident taking 12 credits a semester – will pay $4898 for 24 credits and fees for the 2019-20 academic year, an increase of $360.
Bucks County Community College is a public, two-year college offering more than 80 programs of study to more than 14,000 students seeking academic degrees, certificates and noncredit certifications. In addition, Bucks provides specialized workforce training and hundreds of noncredit professional development and personal enrichment options for tens of thousands of people annually. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu.