Trustees Approve Slight Increase in Tuition to Balance Budget

Bucks County residents will pay $145 a credit for tuition starting this fall.

Bucks County Community College’s Board of Trustees voted Thursday, April 13, to increase tuition by $5 a credit for county residents in order to balance the budget for the next academic year.

All other college-wide fees remain unchanged. The unanimous vote came at the board’s monthly meeting at the Newtown Campus. The slight tuition increase takes effect with the fall semester, which begins August 23.

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

“The college made some very difficult decisions in crafting this budget. Bucks continues to be a great value with strong academic programs and dedicated faculty and staff,” Shanblatt said. “Support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and from the County of Bucks, the college’s local sponsor, helped keep the tuition increase to only 3.6%.”

Board chairman Thomas Skiffington added that the measure was taken after careful consideration of all financial options.

“As always, our primary goal is to minimize tuition increases, and to do so only as a last option,” Skiffington said. “We are extremely reluctant to raise tuition, but take this measure only after every action possible to reduce operating costs has been made while continuing to provide the high quality education that has earned Bucks a national reputation.”

Effective with the fall 2017 semester, tuition for county residents increases from $140 to $145 a credit. That means tuition for Pennsylvania residents who live outside of Bucks County rises from $280 to $290 a credit, and tuition for out-of-state residents increases from $420 to $435 a credit.

The increase means that a typical returning full-time student – a Bucks County resident taking 12 credits a semester – will pay $4,418 for 24 credits and fees for the 2017-18 academic year, an increase of $120.  For a detailed breakdown of tuition and fees, visit www.bucks.edu.

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