Board of School Estimate Approves RVCC Budget

The Board of School Estimate has approved Raritan Valley Community College’s $53.1 million operating budget for FY 2017, enabling the College to continue providing high quality, innovative education at a time of declining enrollment due to shifting demographics. The budget includes a $6 increase in tuition for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents, to $143 per credit for the Fall 2016 Semester. For the average full-time student taking 30 credits during the academic year, tuition would increase by $180.

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For the average part-time student taking 12 credits during the academic year, tuition would increase by $72. “We are deeply grateful to the Counties of Somerset and Hunterdon for enhancing their support of Raritan Valley Community College, especially at a time when the counties are facing their own financial challenges. Their ongoing support enables us to keep the cost of a college education within reach for our students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college,” said RVCC President Michael J. McDonough. The new budget—which represents a 3.8% increase over last year—includes $500,000 in cost savings through employee retirements and attrition. The major increase in the budget is due to contractual increases in employee healthcare and other benefits. The budget is based on a projected decrease in enrollment due to a decline in the size of the local high school graduating classes. The Board also approved a $3.2 million major capital budget and a $750,000 minor capital budget. Some of the major components of the capital budget include:  $600,000 for the Workforce Training Center  $550,000 for renovating the College’s upper walkways and plaza areas  $450,000 for expanding the Visitors Parking lot  $400,000 for replacing the main computer server Under the approved operating budget, funding will come from the following sources: Tuition and fees 62.6% State of New Jersey 11.5% Somerset and Hunterdon Counties 25.4% Other (investments, rentals, etc.) .5% (Auxiliary services are not included in these figures) The Board of School Estimate is a six-member board composed of freeholders from Somerset and Hunterdon counties, as well as RVCC trustees, and is responsible for approving the College’s budget.

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The Board is composed of Hunterdon County Freeholder Director Suzanne Lagay, Hunterdon County Freeholder John King, Somerset County Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh, Somerset County Freeholder Brian Levine, RVCC Board of Trustees Member Paul Hirsch, and RVCC Board of Trustees Chair Robert Wise. Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium. RVCC 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