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TC3 Maintains Budget and Grows Enrollment Despite Funding Challenges

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Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) presented its 2024-25 budget, keeping tuition stable and increasing enrollment, despite a lack of state funding. The budget was discussed at the Tompkins County Legislature’s Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee meeting last week.

Legislator Rich John praised TC3 for not requesting more county funds. The college’s revenue includes 37% from students, 30% from county contributions, and 28% from New York state aid. Despite these challenges, TC3’s tuition remains around $5,300, among the lowest for SUNY community colleges.

TC3’s enrollment has risen, with continuing students up 16%. Vice President of Finance Administration Sophia Darling noted recent investments in new STEM labs and microcredentials programs. TC3 continues to support students through initiatives like internship stipends and addiction counseling programs.