BY ANNE STANTON
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College ended its 2012/13 fiscal year with a $189,895 surplus, about $32,000 higher than budgeted.
The higher surplus owes, in part, to donations from the Les and Anne Biederman Foundation and Rotary Charities of $125,000 and $20,000, respectively, for a Great Lakes Maritime Simulator. The simulator gives students a virtual experience of piloting a ship without leaving the academy.
Tuition was $1.7 million lower than budgeted because enrollment was down 7 percent from projected figures. The tuition decline was offset by $840,000 savings in adjunct salaries and open positions that weren’t filled over the year.
NMC’s budgeted revenues of $42.7 million this past fiscal year are projected to increase to $43.1 million next fiscal year.