FMCC?budget proposal seeks tuition increase

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday scheduled a public hearing on Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s proposed $18.6 million 2013-14 budget, which calls for no increase in contributions from Fulton and Montgomery counties but raises tuition by $154 for the school year.

College officials are projecting a slight reduction in student enrollment for the next academic year, according to the budget proposal.

County supervisors scheduled the hearing for 1:30 p.m. July 8 in the supervisors’ chambers on the third floor of the County Office Building.

The tentative FMCC budget would require approval by the FMCC Board of Trustees, the Fulton County Board of Supervisors and the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors before it is sent to the State University of New York Central Administration for final adoption later this summer.

FMCC President Dustin Swanger said Monday the college’s total proposed operating budget for the next academic year is $18.57 million, a decrease of about 1 percent from the college’s 2012-13 spending plan.

A separate grant budget – not included in the operating budget – is proposed at $919,753 for next year.

Swanger said the college is requesting no increase in the counties’ sponsor contributions.

This is the sixth consecutive year the college is seeking no county increase.

Fulton and Montgomery counties would each contribute about $1.4 million to FMCC.

Swanger said the budget calls for a tuition increase of $154 per year per student. The president said this figure is somewhat offset by a reduction in the health fee and student activity fee. The result would be an actual increase in cost to students of $74 per academic year.

Current tuition for a full-time student is $1,722 per semester.

Swanger said FMCC is anticipating a state aid increase of $150 per full-time equivalent student. State aid is projected at $2,422 per FTE.

College officials also anticipate a 2 percent reduction in student enrollment to 2,144 FTEs for the next academic year.

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