For the first time in 14 years, John Wood Community College is not raising tuition.
The Board of Trustees approved a $14,958,170 tentative budget Wednesday night for fiscal year 2014.
"John Wood already provides the best value when it comes to college, but we know students and their families are still struggling to stretch a dollar," Dr. John Letts, JWCC president said in a news release. "That's why we decided not to raise tuition. When we have the opportunity to balance the budget without raising tuition, we are going to work hard to meet that goal. It's a tough goal to achieve, but we are proud that we were able to do so for next year."
Operating expenses were cut by five percent in each department and for the second year, staff will not get raises.
State funding to the college also expected to drop by nearly $200,000.
Trustees will formally adopt next year's budget during their July meeting to be held in Pittsfield.