Spending, enrollment down; tuition up under the spending plan, which goes into effect Sept. 1.
The Ontario County Board of Supervisors tonight adopted a 2017-18 spending plan for Finger Lakes Community College.
The budget of $46,473,314 is a decrease of 0.02 percent from the current spending plan.
No one spoke on the plan at a public hearing Thursday night. Supervisors adopted the budget without comment.
The budget assumes an enrollment decrease from the 2016-17 revised enrollment of 4,029 full-time equivalent students to an estimated 3,944 students.
The tuition rate would increase for full-time students, from $4,368 to $4,522 next school year. The part-time student tuition rate per credit hour also would increase from $183 to $189.
College President Robert Nye, in an email before the board meeting Thursday, said the Excelsior Scholarship — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “free tuition” plan — brought some uncertainty to the budget process.
“We feel we have put together an appropriate budget to take this into account,” Nye said in a statement. “But this new scholarship also brings great opportunity for FLCC and for those who may have thought they could not afford college at all. We have people ready at our One Stop Centers at our main campus as well as our campus centers in Victor, Geneva and Newark to help anyone interested in exploring the many educational and degree options available at the college."