Tight budgets, increased enrollment cause tuition hikes at N.J. county colleges

8.8.10 – Tuition will go up an average of 4.4 percent at the state's 19 two-year schools. Above, County College of Morris

Tuition will go up an average of 4.4 percent at New Jersey’s county colleges this fall as the two-year schools deal with state budget cuts and record enrollment brought on by the struggling economy.

Students at all 19 county colleges will pay higher tuition when they return to class next semester, according to a survey by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. The tuition hikes will range from 1.9 percent at Atlantic Cape Community College to 7 percent at Burlington County College.

The increases mean New Jersey students will continue to pay some of the highest county college tuitions in the nation. For the first time, the state’s average county college tuition will surpass $100 per credit — or more than $300 for a typical three-credit class.

Higher-education officials said the tuition increases are unavoidable in a year when state funding to county colleges was cut nearly 10 percent and enrollment soared 12 percent.


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August 8th, 2010

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