(DAYTONA BEACH, FL) – June 15, 2012 - Pending District Board of Trustees' approval on June 21, Daytona State College will hold the line on tuition for 2012-13, with no increase for certificate and associate-degree classes and, as mandated to meet legislated minimum tuition, only a 5 percent increase for baccalaureate degree programs. The college has managed to do this despite a 4.2 percent decrease in next year’s budget.
“Our decision to freeze tuition for lower division programs responds to the challenging economic times we still face. More than ever, now is the time for affordable education and workforce training choices,” said Carol W. Eaton, president of Daytona State.
Relatedly, the latest data from the national College Affordability and Transparency Lists shows that Daytona State made the top-50 list for the lowest tuition for public 4-year institutions. Florida’s affordable education shines, with 18 of the 28 state colleges making this national list in this category.
In other budget news for the upcoming school year, the college received state program fund allocations of $58.4 million for 2012-13 which included $9.6 million dollars for a new classroom building at the Flagler-Palm Coast campus and for a scene shop for the News-Journal Center.
The college submitted a balanced budget by initiating several cost-savings measures which included the elimination of 18 vacant positions, with no new positions budgeted until January 2013, reducing adjunct budget, and by cutting other operational expenses such as office supplies and materials. As with many other Florida Colleges across the state, this is a result of an anticipated reduction in student enrollment.