State Budget Helps JCC Deal With Enrollment DropPosted: Updated:
Jefferson Community College finds a financial floor in the new state budget.
For the first time, the budget includes an option for community colleges to help them deal with declining enrollment numbers.
In the past, community colleges like JCC received state aid based on their number of full-time Equivalent students. But as that number goes down, so does state funding.
The new funding floor is a fixed amount option that community colleges can take instead, so it's not based on enrollment.
Enrollment has decreased at community colleges over the years, largely because the economy is doing well.
"We have less students, but we have students that also need the services we provide and those services cost money. So, in order to continue to offer those services and not have to put it on the backs of students as much with tuition increases, this state funding allows us to continue those services and have more stable funding going forward," said Dan Dupee, vice president for administration and finance.
If the number of students goes up, JCC has the option to switch back to its previous funding model, based on its number of students, meaning it could get more money.