Schenectady County

Schenectady County boosts its contribution to SCCC budget

The Schenectady County Legislature passed a budget for the community college Tuesday that raises the
Students arrive for the first day of classes for the 2015 fall semester at Schenectady Community College on Thursday, September 3, 2015.
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Students arrive for the first day of classes for the 2015 fall semester at Schenectady Community College on Thursday, September 3, 2015.

The Schenectady County Legislature passed a budget for the community college Tuesday that raises the county contribution 2 percent from the previous year.

The Schenectady County Community College budget for 2016-17 came in at $28.6 million. With enrollment down from previous years, the college asked the county for roughly $2.2 million in funding. The total budget itself is more than $500,000 lower than last year’s budget, and includes improvements to school spaces.

The community college’s only sources of revenue are county money, state aid and tuition costs, as well as some additional funds that come from students who attend SCCC from other counties.

Tuition is slated to be increased by 5.4 percent, or $8 per credit hour, according to the budget. This would give SCCC the second-lowest tuition of community colleges in the state.

At a legislature committee meeting earlier this month, college leaders explained that decreased enrollment leads to decreased revenue, and enrollment tends to be lower when the economy is doing better. While more students were attending SCCC at the height of the recession, that is no longer the case.

Total enrollment for the college hit nearly 4,000 for the 2011-12 school year but has since dropped. The budgeted enrollment for full-time equivalent students for the 2016-17 school year is 3,179.

The budget passed after a unanimous vote from legislators during Tuesday night’s meeting.

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