The Erie County Legislature approved a $110.8 million budget for Erie Community College on Thursday that will increase student full-time tuition by $167 for local, full-time students. That amounts to a 3.5 percent increase to a full tuition of $4,900 per academic year.
The Legislature voted 9-2 in favor of the college's 2017-18 budget, which was unanimously approved by ECC's Board of Trustees in May. Legislators Patrick Burke, D-Buffalo, and Joseph Lorigo, C-West Seneca, voted against the budget.
Tuition has grown by 43 percent since 2010, which is the last time that Erie Community College students did not see a year-to-year rise in tuition. The approved budget will increase spending from $108.5 million in 2016-17. All of the increase is due to a $2.4 million project funded in the 2017-18 budget to overhaul the college's human resources, finance, student services and payroll computer systems.