The state of New York recently approved a budget for the 2012-2013 year which now greatly benefits community colleges throughout the state. The agreement now allows approximately $3.0 million in additional funding for Suffolk County Community College, however will not increase the price of the school so annual tuition will remain the same.
Community colleges serve as vital importance to many students. They provide a quality education with an available associate’s degree upon completion and give students the opportunity to advance to a four year university afterwards. Along with this, they are known to have a much more reasonable and affordable tuition for those attending.
Now that the budget is passed and it is official that the overall tuition of our school will not be raised, it results in being nothing but beneficial for our students, facilities, and faculty. Many students attending the college receive financial aid, so the thought of our college tuition potentially rising might not be the best news to hear. Although the campus Financial Aid Offices provide individual counseling, group workshops and scholarship searches, the possibility of our college tuition increase might only make financial aid students’ undergraduate experience more difficult. Thankfully, the budget pass of annual tuition increase for the 2012-2013 academic year along with other benefits to our school is great news to hear amongst those particular students.
Along with the tuition at our college not being raised, Suffolk will also be experiencing positive changes for our upcoming 2012-2013 academic year. The budget agreement will be saving the school $1 million annually and in addition, the faculty also agreed to increase all class sizes by 2 seats. The college also decided to forego purchases and lastly, has secured many major grants with a resulting total of over $4 million towards the college each year. This decision saved the college an addition $1.5 million in the past year alone and will serve as nothing but beneficial in upcoming years when combined with the other changes that will be occurring.
Michael, a freshman at Suffolk currently receives financial aid for his annual tuition making it more affordable while he is attending. He seemed relatively happy once he learned about the tuition not being raised along with the benefits our community college will have in the upcoming school year.
“I wasn’t aware that the budget was passed or that the tuition wasn’t being raised, however now that I do know I feel very relieved.” Explained Michael. “My family is always flustered once they get the tuition bill in the mail trying to sort out the costs and see if my experience at Suffolk is worth the price, and now that I know about the upcoming changes, it seems completely worth it to me.”
According to Dr. Shaun L. McKay, President of Suffolk County Community College, the school is and always has been hesitant to the idea of raising their tuition in order to meet the needs of the students. He and the rest of the college faculty are glad they won’t see an increase in annual costs for the upcoming school year.
Brittany, a 21 year old student at Suffolk does not receive financial aid however pays a portion of her tuition every year. She has dealt with having to owe more money to pay for her education before, and is also very relieved knowing that she won’t have to owe any extra money this next upcoming year.
“Fall 2012 is my last semester at Suffolk, so knowing I won’t have to give more money once my credits are complete makes me really happy. It’s a good feeling knowing I won’t have to budget my funds more than I already do, and can put any extra money I’d have to owe to the college towards something else I need. Maybe music concerts and cute clothes, I certainly need more of those in my life as a 21-year-old.” Brittany said.
Currently at Suffolk, approximately 90% of students receive some form of financial aid or grants. With the $3.0 million in additional funding for the college, this increase will enable the school to finalize its operating budget for the forthcoming year without requiring an increase to annual student tuition cost. It is the largest community college in the state of New York (SUNY) system and enrolls approximately 26,000 students at its three campuses in Selden, Riverhead and Brentwood. It offers degrees in the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), and Associate in Science. With its affordable tuition (now more than ever), a respected Honors program, various transfer programs, and award-winning athletic teams, Suffolk County Community College is a first and popular choice amongst the students of Long Island. For more information on the college, visit us online at http://www.sunysuffolk.edu.