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Westchester Community College Increases Tuition

VALHALLA, N.Y. – Westchester Community College will be asking students to pitch in a little more for tuition this year, and the school is concerned that the spike is just the beginning.

“It’s only a small increase for this school year,” said college spokesperson Patrick Hennessey.  “But we’re concerned that this is a trend that’s taking place across the country, where tuition prices are increasing.”

The price per credit for the 2012-13 school year will increase by $6 to $179 from $173, Hennessey said. In total, tuition for a full-time student will be about $2,140 per semester, as opposed to $2,075 last year.

The tuition hike is included in the college’s $121 million budget that was approved Monday morning by Westchester County legislators.

Hennessey said the school realizes that this increase may play a factor in the academic status of some students.

“We know that some students, unfortunately, might only be able to attend school on a part-time basis now,” Hennessey said. “With that being said, we’re still the most affordable college in the county.”

The tuition increase is due to a lack of funding from the county and the state, Hennessey said. The college is currently in a cost-saving mode and under a hiring freeze, he added.

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