The State of Wyoming has asked all State-funded agencies to cut their budgets by 5 to 10% this year. The Northern Wyoming Community College District followed that recommendation and lowered their budget, while only passing on nominal increases in fees to students. Tuition at the school will rise by $3 per credit hour. The State mandated a $2 increase, and the college increased tuition by $1. The Board passed the budget resolution that tops $57 million. Sheridan College President Kevin Drumm.
$21 million of the budget will go to the General Operating Fund, and the next biggest item is nearly $18 million in the Plant Fund for facilities maintenance.
The Board also passed several resolutions authorizing lease payments to building authorities that constructed several facilities on the campus. The lease payments total close to $3 million.
The smaller budget will have to contain funding to provide services for 27% more students total over all three campuses, as enrollments are up district-wide. The college has locations in Sheridan, Campbell, and Johnson Counties.