SCCC trustees propose a record $350 tuition rate hike

Thanks By Courtney Nigro and Alexa LaRosa

The Suffolk County Community College board of trustees proposed a $226.4 million budget for the 2018-2019 school year at its April 19 meeting that would increase tuition by a record $350.

The increase would boost annual tuition from $4,870 to $5,220 for full-time students. Part-time students would also be impacted, as the cost per credit would increase from $203 to $218.

The SCCC budget calls for a 4 percent increase in the county’s contribution to college costs, but, according to Newsday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone wanted the school to include only a 1.5 percent increase.

In its resolution, the board said the increase is necessary to meet the operational needs of the college.

The spending package was approved in a 6-1 vote. Student trustee Jerome Bost dissented. Bost could not immediately be reached for comment.

SCCC spokesman Drew Biondo said the college is waiting on the county’s contribution to the budget.

“We’re cognizant of student’s feelings about a tuition increase,” Biondo said. “We will do everything in or power to keep the education at our college affordable.”

The legislature will take up the issue in the next few weeks.

The board of trustee’s next meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. today in the boardroom of the Learning Resource Center at the Grant Campus in Brentwood.

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