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Date: April 22, 2003 (03-39)
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Trustees Vote to Further Hike Tuition
Tuition, Fees to Increase by Nearly 10 Percent Beginning in Fall 2003 

Montgomery College’s Board of Trustees—faced with a fiscal year 2004 budget marked by dramatic State budget cuts and a projected reduction in local funding, at a time of continued enrollment growth—reluctantly voted this week to further increase student tuition costs, beginning in the upcoming fall semester. The Board’s action takes tuition rates to even higher levels than were initially approved when the community college trustees adopted their budget in January, for submission to the County Executive.

Under the newly adopted rate structure, tuition will increase by $7 per credit hour for in-county students—taking the rate from $79 to $86, up from the earlier planned rate hike of $5 per credit hour—and by an additional $14 and $21 per credit hour, respectively, for in-state (but out-of-county) and out-of-state students. These increases are up from the board’s earlier planned increases of $10 and $15, respectively, and take the rates to $177 per credit hour for in-state residents and $236 for out-of-state residents.

Under the new rates, a full-time, in-county student taking 15 credits a semester in the fall and spring, would now pay $3,336 in tuition and fees.

The Board’s actions come on the heels of substantial cuts in state funding for this year and next, and a recommended county budget now before the County Council that calls for no additional county funds for the college next year. As currently recommended, the budget would also eliminate county funding next year for the college’s information technology replacement needs and for its partnership with the Maryland College of Art and Design.

Roughly two-thirds of Montgomery College’s budget comes from county and state funding, while tuition and fees account for about one-third of the operating revenue.

“We’ve been weathering huge budget cuts at a time when enrollment has been steadily rising, to the point now where we are at an all-time high in terms of the credit hours being taken by students,” said Dr. Charlene R. Nunley, president of Montgomery College. “Simply put, we are literally trying to serve more students with less revenue. The tuition increase passed by the Board is necessary, but it alone will not make up the deficit. Without additional county support, we will face serious reductions that will mean the cancellation of some classes, and the elimination of vital academic programs and services.”

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