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It’s a growing problem for American students: college tuition is skyrocketing.

But Genesee County’s own community college is one place where that’s not the case. GCC officials have announced that for the fourth straight year, tuition for the college will remain flat – a streak they believe is unmatched statewide.

GCC’s tuition has been an affordable $1,700 per semester since 2008. And since 2009, the county’s contribution to the college has been $1.93-million a year – that figure is also expected to remain unchanged this year.

Despite the level revenues, GCC has been able to find the money to staff seven new positions. Among them are one new professor in the Polysomnographiv Technology program (the study of sleep disorders, and one Veterinary Science professor. The college's total budget is $35.85-million.

GCC spokesman Rick Ensman says affordability is a top goal at the school.

"We've worked very hard to build a stable enrollment; we've been very careful and very prudent in our financial management,"
Ensman says.

"The board (of Trustees) knows that many students and families are struggling," he continues, "and anything we can do to lessen the burden and keep education affordable, we want to do."

Outgoing GCC President Dr. Stuart Steiner re-affirmed that in an official release, and also quoted: "By repairing and refurbishing equipment and facilities on a regular basis, we save money over the long term."

GCC’s budget must be approved by the County Legislature at a meeting next month.


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