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Tuition Decrease Announced

February 23, 2012 by admin

By Jessica Fasano
           Far from what the board probably expected, talk of a tuition decrease got some Brookdale faculty and students a little hot under the collar at the Board of Trustees meeting Feb.9 at the Hazlet Higher Education Center.
     It was announced that the current tuition, based on a 15-credit maximum, charged by Brookdale Community College to Monmouth County residents would be lowered from $118.50 per student credit hour to $115.50. The Out-of-County rate has also been lowered to $231 per student credit hour, as well as the Out-of-State rate which is now $256 per credit.
     With the tuition being lowered many wondered where the money would come from to make the necessary repairs and updates to Brookdale's facilities. It was expressed by several faculty members at the meeting that many departments needed repairs and new equipment. 
     Faculty member Ron Kudile stated that the lower floors of the MAS building on Brookdale's main campus is poorly maintained. Students have complained about noises in the ceiling and toilets that do not flush. He hoped the decrease would not take away from the much needed repairs.
      Patricia Dillon, a faculty member in the Biology Department, also expressed similar maintenance woes. She said that many of the work orders she put in to get things repaired in the ATeC building came back with the reply “funds pending.”
     For many at the meeting it seemed as though a $3 per credit decrease would not be enough of a decrease in tuition cost to attract students to a school with facilities that were lacking in many areas.
     In response to the concerns William Toms, Brookdale's interim president, said, “ We will not have less money in our account due to the decrease. Money will be allocated from our reserves into our operational account.”

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