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NCCC to increase tuition 3.5 percent in the fall

SANBORN – Students at Niagara County Community College can plan to pay 3.5 percent more in tuition this fall.

Hit by a projected 13 percent enrollment decline, the college's Board of Trustees unanimously approved a 2017-18 budget Tuesday night, increasing tuition by $72 per semester, to $2,112 for a full-time student.

William C. Schickling, vice president of finance, said enrollment fell 9 percent this year and is projected to drop another 4 percent next year.

The $48.36 million budget is down 3.2 percent from this year's. County taxpayers' share is frozen for the 11th consecutive year at $8.87 million.

Also, the full board will interview candidates for interim president to succeed James P. Klyczek, who retired under fire on April 26.

Chairman Vincent R. Ginestre said the state university system will supply a list of former administrators to be considered, and he said one could be chosen by the end of June. A search for a permanent president has yet to be organized.

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