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Westchester County Community College will not see tuition increase for 2017-2018 school year

$122M spending plan includes $29.9M sponsor contribution from county

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Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino joined the Westchester Community College President Dr. Belinda Miles Monday to announce there will be no tuition increase under Astorino's proposed budget for the fifth straight year.

Nearly 13,000 students attend Westchester Community College.

The $122 million budget for the 2017-2018 school year includes a $29.9 million sponsor contribution from the county.

The cost of a full-time in-state tuition student is $4,200. The flat tuition only applies to in-state in-county students.

"It’s a gateway for many families to send their kids to school for the first time, and it’s a great college and its one whose credits transfer to almost to every school in the country, and so it’s a really good savings plan for a lot of families to get those credits and then, at some point, if they choose to go to a four-year- school, transfer those, and it’s a great way not to pile on debt, " Astorino said.

"We just completed a space utilization report looking at all of the available spaces where courses can be offered and looking at whether or not if we have the fullest capacity based on number of seats that are getting filled, what are the filler rights, what are the instructional costs where we have some flexibility," Dr. Miles said.

The board of legislators is scheduled to vote on the budget on Aug. 1. The college's fiscal year begins on Sept. 1.

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