Morrisville plan would increase enrollment, cut county costs

NORWICH – A plan to boost enrollment at Morrisville State College’s campus at the Eaton Center and thereby reduce a bill approaching $1 million for student tuitions to outside community colleges is making its way through the levels of Chenango County government.

It comes after months of discussion that began with the release of record low enrollment numbers in March, along with the realization that Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) was offering AP courses just blocks away at Norwich High School, ultimately driving up the county’s share for students’ tuitions.

In an effort to cover the ‘bricks and mortar’ cost of the community college institution, tuition for resident students attending them in another county was equally shared between New York, the counties and enrolled students. But two things have happened since the state education law was adopted more than 40 years ago: One, more students are taking community college courses online and elsewhere; and two, New York State has pulled back on its share.

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