College’s tuition up

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors passed its 2013-14 budget of $144,501,400 Thursday, which included a tuition increase of 4 percent for state residents.

Out-of-state students will have their tuitions increased from 1.3 to 1.5 times the in-state rate. Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, college president, reported that the increase for state students will add $570 for two 15 credit semesters. There will be an increase of $106 per credit hour for out-of-state students.

“We realize that’s not a small dollar number but we felt it was the best we could do,” Gilmour said on the increase.

She added that she was pleased that the college was able to minimize the increase, especially after seeing 5.54-percent increase last year.

“It’s very important for our school. We understand the costs everyone has to deal with,” she said.

Dining and residence life fees increased 2 percent for the upcoming school year.

The budget includes an operation fund of $102,684,600 that will see no increase in last year’s state appropriation of $13,584,000. It also includes a net decrease of 6.5 employee positions. Gilmour said after the meeting that the eliminations were made by a combination of attrition and furloughs.

Suzanne Stopper, vice president for finance and chief financial officer, explained that the college’s mission and values drove the budget. She said giving students hands-on learning opportunities and spaces to prepare for their life after graduation were important when working on the budget.

Training activities at the colleges Energy Technology Education Center and renovations to a nursing classroom and computer labs were included in the budget.

The board also approved two gifts included in the budget. The college will give a $100,000 gift to the city and $35,000 to the Williamsport Area School District.

In other business, the board approved former faculty member and Dean Donald Praster for emeritus status.