Tompkins and Cortland County lawmakers are calling on the state to pay its fair share of funding to support Tompkins Cortland Community college.
Yesterday, the Cortland County Legislature’s Budget Committee passed a resolution calling on the state to increase aid for full-time, students. Currently, base aid for full-time students is lower than it was five years ago.
Cortland lawmakers pointed out that when the college was established there was an understanding that the state along, with Cortland and Tompkins County’s would share in the costs of associated with TC3
The state has been falling short of its obligation which places a greater burden on local taxpayers.
While the counties are calling for the state to pick up more of the TC3 tab, the college is looking to expand programs and services in order to remain competitive among local students.
Plans include the addition of a new child care center on the College’s Dryden campus. The new center will more than double the college’s on-site child care capacity and expanding opportunities for TC3 students in the Early Childhood Education program.