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PR # 192 March 19, 2008

RVCC BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVES SMALL TUITION INCREASE

In order to continue providing students with the highest quality level of instruction, the Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Board of Trustees voted last night to raise tuition a modest $4 a credit. The new tuition rate of $91 per credit will take effect for the Fall 2008 semester.

?With the expected decrease in state aid for the upcoming fiscal year, the budget proposal balances the need to keep tuition affordable for our students while still maintaining the highest quality level of education,? said RVCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.

In addition, beginning in the Fall 2008 semester, students who do not live or work in Somerset or Hunterdon County will be charged an extra $10 per credit.

?In deciding to impose a surcharge on out-of-county students, we recognized the need to continue to support the businesses in Somerset and Hunterdon County and their employees who are interested in improving their job skills through higher education,? said Dr. Crabill. ?Raritan Valley Community College is dedicated to helping area businesses meet the need for skilled workers.?

At the same time, the Board approved a $44.3 million operating budget for the 2009 fiscal year that builds a foundation for improvements in academic quality and services to students in response to increasing enrollment. Full-time enrollment has grown by 17 percent over the past two years.

Funding for the operating budget would come from the following sources:

Tuition and fees 42.5%
State of New Jersey 12.8%
Somerset and Hunterdon Counties 31.1%
Auxiliary services 12.6%

The operating budget represents a 4.9 percent increase over the current fiscal year. The Board also approved a $3 million major capital budget and an $850,000 minor capital budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

?This year the College set a record for enrollment and we expect our student population to continue to grow as more and more recent high school graduates choose to start their higher education at RVCC. In response, the College has established a Strategic Plan that focuses on academic quality and services to students. The budget supports these goals by providing for three new full-time faculty members and one academic counselor,? said Dr. Crabill. ?The budget also reflects our ongoing efforts to identify cost-effective ways to reduce operating expenses and redirect those savings into programs and services that support student success. Over the past three years the College has been successful in reducing operating expenses by more than $1 million, mostly in such areas as utilities, postage, copiers and telecommunications.?

The operating and capital budgets now go to the Board of School Estimate for approval at its meeting on Tuesday, April 22, at 10 a.m., at the Hunterdon County Main Street County Complex in Flemington. The Board of School Estimate includes two freeholders from Somerset County, two freeholders from Hunterdon County and two members of the RVCC Board of Trustees.

Fall 2008 Tuition Schedule

Hunterdon/Somerset County Residents
$91 per credit

Out-of-county residents (Out-of-county tuition rate does not apply to individuals who work in Somerset or Hunterdon County) $101 per credit

Out-of-state residents
$101 per credit

Early College Experience Program
$150 for first course in a semester. Additional courses are at regular tuition rate.

RVCC Online Courses & NJ Virtual Community College Courses
$109 per credit, no fees

Hunterdon/Somerset County Gold Card Seniors. Minimum age 65
Free tuition on space-available basis for the period of 5 business days prior to the start of the course?s part of the term. Fees apply. Anyone registering earlier than 5 business days prior to the start of the term must pay full tuition and fees.

NJ National Guard & Reserves
Free tuition for up to 16 credits per term for individual only. Fees apply.

Volunteer Firefighters & Emergency Medical Personnel
Free tuition for up to $600 per year and $2400 lifetime per family of volunteer. Fees apply.

September 11 Victims? Families
Free tuition for children and spouses of Victims. Fees apply.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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