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Hudson Valley Community College Holds the Line on Tuition for 2006-07
Increase in base state aid allows college to keep tuition stable

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 248-4555
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, May 26, 2006

Hudson Valley Community College's Board of Trustees has approved the college's 2006-07 operating budget, which does not increase tuition for the upcoming academic year.

Tuition for the 2006-07 academic year, which begins Monday, Aug. 28, will remain at $2,700 annually ($112 per credit) for in-state students. The budget, which totals $83.4 million, will be presented to the Rensselaer County Legislature for approval at its meeting in July.

Hudson Valley President Andrew J. Matonak said the college is able to keep tuition at its current level because the 2006-07 state budget includes an increase of $175 in base state operating aid per full-time equivalent (FTE) student, bringing state aid to all community colleges to $2,525 per FTE.

The college also will receive $100 in supplemental aid for high-cost, high-demand programs in the technologies and allied health fields. All programs within the college's School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies and School of Health Sciences will benefit from that additional aid, as will the following programs in the School of Business and School of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Administrative Information Technician; nine different Computer Information Systems degrees and certificates; Chemical Technician, Environmental Sciences and Physical Education.

Although tuition at the state's other community colleges aren't officially set until summer, it is expected that Hudson Valley's tuition will remain the third lowest among the State University of New York's 30 community colleges. Matonak and Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Robert H. Hill II thanked Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, Assembly Higher Education Committee Chairman Ronald Canestrari, and Senate Higher Education Committee Chairman Kenneth P. LaValle for their leadership and support, which made it possible for the college to hold the line on tuition.

"Hudson Valley Community College is committed to providing its students with a high-quality education at an affordable price," Matonak said. "I am pleased that our state legislators have made this significant investment in community colleges, the pathway to higher education for thousands of New Yorkers."

The college receives revenue from tuition; state aid; its sponsor, Rensselaer County; and other counties throughout New York State whose residents attend the college. The college is not requesting any additional support from Rensselaer County; the budget calls for the sponsor contribution to remain at $3.1 million for the seventh straight year.

The $83.4 million budget projects an enrollment of 8,480 full-time equivalent students for the 2006-07 year and will be used as follows: $42.7 million (51.2 percent) for instruction and academic support; $16.1 million (19.3 percent) for administration and institutional support; $13.7 million (16.4 percent) for employee benefits; $7.6 million (9.1 percent) for maintenance and operation of the physical plant; and $3.3 million (4 percent) for student services.

In the Fall of 2005, Hudson Valley experienced the second-highest enrollment in its 53-year history, with 12,205 students (6,775 full-time and 5,430 part-time) enrolled in credit-bearing courses. The college has 1,083 employees.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.