RVCC Board of Trustees Passes FY 2021 Budget

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
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Facing challenging times and uncertainty in projecting future enrollment and revenues due to the coronavirus pandemic, Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Board of Trustees has passed a $52.4 million budget for FY 2021.


The 2021 operating budget, which is relatively flat over last year, includes a $6 per credit tuition increase. The new tuition of $168 per credit will take effect for the Fall 2020 semester. For the average full-time student taking 30 credits during the academic year, tuition would increase by $180. For the average part-time student taking 12 credits during the academic year, tuition would increase by $72.

“In these unprecedented times, the College has prepared a fiscal blueprint that reinforces our mission of providing accessible, high-quality education,” said RVCC President Michael J. McDonough. “As we navigate our new reality, we will continue to work together to develop innovative and cost-effective ways to better serve our students and the community. We remain committed to our core values of teaching and supporting our inspiring students.”

The budget now goes to the Board of School Estimate for approval. 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.

Following is a list of the new tuition rates approved by the Board and effective for the Fall 2020 Semester:

Fall 2020 Tuition Schedule

Hunterdon/Somerset County Residents $168 per credit

Out-of-county residents (Board grants a waiver of $60 per credit to students who provide verification of employment in Somerset or Hunterdon Counties): $228 per credit

Out-of-state residents:  $228 per credit

Early College Program: $200 for all courses taken at participating high schools.

RVCC Online Courses & NJ Virtual Community College Courses: $218 per credit; no fees charged.

Hunterdon/Somerset Senior Citizens minimum age 65. One course per semester on a space available basis. May register during the 5 business days prior to course start: No tuition assessed; $35 enrollment service fee. Course books/materials extra cost. Audit status, no credit awarded.

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

Volunteer Emergency Medical Personnel and Firefighters: Free tuition for up to $600 per year and $2,400 lifetime per family of volunteer; fees apply.

September 11 Victims’ Families: Free tuition for children and spouses of victims; fees apply.

RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 28, 2020

Media contact: Donna Stolzer, 908-526-1200, ext. 8383

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