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As population and enrollment fall, NCCC plans tuition increase, spending cut

Niagara County Community College projects a 4% decrease in enrollment for the upcoming academic year, so it adjusted its budget by reducing spending and increasing tuition.

A fulltime NCCC student will pay $4,560 in 2019-20, an increase of $168, or 3.8%.

William J. Murabito, interim president of Niagara County Community College, in his office on the Sanborn campus on Oct. 19, 2017. (Thomas J. Prohaska/Buffalo News)

NCCC will have the sixth-lowest tuition among New York's 30 community colleges, interim President William J. Murabito said Tuesday.

The Sanborn college's enrollment has been dropping for the past several years, said John P. Eichner, interim vice president for finance and information technology.

"We are not expecting to see a turn in our enrollment trend," Eichner said. "Part of that has to do with demographics; we're seeing fewer high school graduates and we're competing with full employment."

The college's proposed $47.8 million budget is $301,321 less than last year's. Eichner attributed much of the decrease to savings on employee benefits in a new faculty union contract.

The county's $8.97 million share of the budget is unchanged. The County Legislature will vote on it after a public hearing Tuesday.

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