Tuition drops 2.5 percent at Brookdale, Beginning Next Month

June 15, 2012
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LINCROFT – Effective next month, the Brook­dale Community College 2013 budget includes a 2.53 percent decrease in tuition rates.

“In developing the budget for fiscal year 2013, we focused on one overarching principle – access and affordability for our students. The continuing economic crises and its influence on state and local resources have impacted all of us – including our students and their parents, said Dr. William Toms, interim president, Brookdale Com­munity College. “We have found ways to increase efficiency, control expenditures and reduce our operating costs substantially and we, therefore, have a fiduciary responsibility to pass these savings on to our students.”

The $3 per credit reduction in tuition will lower the rate from $118.50 to $115.50 per credit hour, to a maximum of $1,732 per semester.

General service fees, which are 24 percent of the tuition rate, will decrease to $27.72 per credit hour. Students will see the cost savings beginning July 9 with the start of the Summer III Term.

“We are pleased with the changes employed by Dr. Toms and his executive leadership team that have resulted in increased productivity and reduced costs,” said Josh Elkes, chair, Brookdale Board of Trustees. “The installation of new energy efficient equipment in the utility plant, for example, resulted in a $1.4 million cost savings for the college.  In the aggregate, savings like these impact the bottom line and, for the next fiscal year, have provided an opportunity to make the quality education available at Brookdale even more affordable.”

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