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Winter semester enrollment currently on track with budget

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By Kayla Tucker – Editor-in-Chief

This semester’s enrollment is down 4.5 percent compared to this time last year, according to Grand Rapids Community College administrators.

A year ago 14,681 students were enrolled at GRCC compared to the 14,085 enrolled as of Jan. 11. students are enrolled.

Vice President for Finance and Administration Lisa Freiburger said the current enrollment status meets the college’s budget estimate, which was to be down by 5 percent.

According to Eric Mullen, Associate Dean of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid, these numbers will not be finalized until Jan. 21 or Count Day, 10 days after the start of the semester.

Although enrollment is on target, Freiburger said the college’s billing units – or how students pay tuition – is down by a little over 5.5 percent.

“We have reserve (monies) set aside to manage enrollment fluctuations,” Freiburger said.

Freiburger guessed the enrollment will continue to drop a little more in the next couple days.

“We’re very pleased at this point in time to report that we’ve hit targets,” Freiburger said.