Cayuga Community College holds tuition steady for 2010 "11

With question marks still looming over Albany 's budget deliberations and students across the state looking to stretch their higher education dollars, two things are clear at Cayuga Community College. Enrollment will rise in 2010 "11, and tuition will stay the same.

For the coming year, the college has announced it will continue last year 's annual tuition rate of $3,560 for full-time students living in New York. Those who live outside Cayuga County must provide a current Certificate of Residence from their county clerk to qualify for in-state tuition.

According to their websites, two neighboring community colleges, are increasing tuition charging a higher rate than Cayuga. For 2010 "11, tuition at OCC is $3,784 and at Tompkins-Cortland, $3,760.

With classes starting Sept. 1, Cayuga projects a solid increase in enrollment for the coming year. Already, 2,823 students have registered for the fall semester, a year-to-date rise of nearly 10 percent. The numbers continue an upward trend; last year 's total enrollment jumped 31 percent from 2008 "9.

According to Diane Hutchinson, vice president for administrative services and treasurer for Cayuga, the annual tuition planning process must balance several possible scenarios for enrollment, operating costs, state aid and other potential revenues and expenditures.

"An increase in enrollment, she explains, "doesn 't necessarily mean a windfall, because it may necessitate adding instructors, technology and services.

An unknown factor, pending resolution of the state budget, is the amount of state aid Cayuga will receive. Aid is normally based on the number of students, along with some funding to offset rental costs for the college 's Fulton branch campus. Even designated aid is not a given.

Last year 's allowance of $2,675 per full-time student was cut by $130 before the first semester had ended. While some community colleges increased tuition midyear to make up the loss, Cayuga held fast, expressing concern for the myriad cost pressures faced by students. For 2010-11, Albany whittled another $285 from the proposed state budget.

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