Students at SCCC, said Farley, often can be economically challenged and those are the students needing the most help, so he was concerned about the budget increasing by 9 percent.
Bullock said the costs of rent, security, janitorial services, staffing and operating costs for Center City total approximately 3.13 percent of the college's proposed budget. Farley asked what the college is paying in rent per square foot, which Bullock said is $17.75 for rent and $4.50 for utilities.
SCCC will be getting 47 percent of rental costs, which totals $361,000, paid for through state aid, said Bullock.
Legislator Brian Gordon, D-Niskayuna, said he thought it was best to let the college determine what is best for the students it serves.
"Basically, you're unfortunately a victim of your own success," said Gordon to Bullock. "I think it is beyond hubris for us to really meddle in your dealing and your scheduling I think that we are going far above our boundaries to mettle in the internal affairs in that realm (of distance and scheduling)."
Student enrollment is expected to increase by 3 percent in the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters, said Bullock, with an increase of 10 percent in the summer of 2012. The tuition for a full-time student (at least 12 credits) will cost $1,692 each semester in the upcoming school year, along with part-time students paying $141 per credit. The college's high school program will cost $47 per credit.
SCCC's tuition does ring closely with two Capital District community colleges. Hudson Valley Community College will charge full-time students $1,850 for tuition and part-time students $154 per credit hour. Fulton-Montgomery Community College full-time student tuition will be similar to SCCC at $1,697 and part-time students will pay the same $141 per credit.""