BATAVIA – The Genesee County Legislature has set its next meeting June 26 for a public hearing on Genesee Community College’s $38.7 million budget for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Approved last month by the GCC board of trustees, the spending plan is about 1.5 percent over the current year and maintains all programs and staffing.
The county, which sponsors the college, has not acted on a $500,000 increase in its support. That would help offset changes in the charge-back formula. That is the charge to the county for a resident who attends GCC, and is a substantial part of the college’s income.
Tuition will go up $75 per semester, bringing the cost to $1,925. Tuition for part-time students will increase $5 per credit hour to $155. Most students will see the increases covered by financial assistance.
The county’s share of the budget has risen to $2 million as enrollment reaches 7,500 full and part-time students. The hike in spending is due in part to higher utility costs and contracted salary obligations.
The college, which last month graduated about 900, remains one of the most affordable in the state, according to President James M. Sunser who presented the budget to the legislators.