Trustees Approve Slight Increase in Tuition to Balance Budget

Bucks County residents will pay $130 a credit starting this fall; other fees remain unchanged.

Bucks County Community College’s Board of Trustees voted Thursday April 10 to increase tuition by $7 a credit for county residents, effective this fall, in order to balance the budget for the next academic year.

Technology, activity, and college services fees remain unchanged. The unanimous vote came at the board’s monthly meeting on the Newtown Campus.

Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, college president, noted that despite significant budget cutting over the last fiscal year, the slight increase was needed to maintain academic quality and services.

“The college has received level funding from both the state and county for the last four years,” Shanblatt said. “While the college deeply appreciates the support from both, modest increases in expenses require that we adjust tuition.”

Board chairman Blake Eisenhart added that 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.”

Effective with the fall 2014 semester, tuition for county residents increases from $123 to $130 a credit. That means that tuition for out-of-county residents rises from $246 to $260, and tuition for out-of-state residents increases from $369 to $390.

The increase means that a typical returning full-time student – a Bucks County resident taking 12 credits a semester – will pay $4,034 for 24 credits and technology and other fees for the 2014-15 academic year, an increase of $168.  For a detailed breakdown of tuition and fees, visit www.bucks.edu.

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.  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.

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations
215-968-8094/8093