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Date: January 28, 2008
Media Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 or Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

Montgomery College Trustees Adopt FY ’09 Operating Budget Request
$215.8 Million FY 09 Budget Aims to Keep Pace with Continued Enrollment Growth

Montgomery College's Board of Trustees has adopted a $215.8 million fiscal year 2009 tax-supported operating budget request that aims to keep pace with the service demands of the College’s continued rise in enrollment, which has climbed to record levels after a decade of steady growth. The College’s budget request was adopted at the Board’s January meeting and will be officially transmitted in February to the County Executive.

The FY 09 budget request represents a 9.3 percent increase, or $18.4 million, in comparison to the approved FY 08 budget. The budget seeks additional funding to hire 18 new faculty members, to support the costs of opening new buildings at the Germantown and Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, and to increase the availability of scholarship funds for students in financial need.

Other key areas factoring into the budget growth are faculty and staff salary improvements, consistent with collective bargaining improvements; utility cost increases; cyber-security enhancements; and funding to address a variety of initiatives called for in a self-study report prepared by the College as part of its current reaccreditation process.

“With more traditional-age students than ever before on our campuses, we continue to respond to the increased demand for our services, by providing unparalleled access to a high-quality college education,” said Dr. Brian K. Johnson. “This budget request focuses primarily on addressing the priorities that are most fundamental to our success in accomplishing this important mission.”

As proposed, the College’s budget would include a tuition increase for the next academic year of $3 per credit hour for in-county students, $6 per credit hour for in-state students who live outside of Montgomery County, and $9 per credit hour for out-of-state students. The current tuition rates for each of these groups are $96 per credit hour, $197, and $266 per credit hour, respectively. Students also pay a variety of fees, in addition to tuition.

To offset tuition increases for those with the greatest financial need, the budget proposal includes additional scholarship support and financial aid funding for students in need. Final rates for the next academic year’s tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees in April.

Montgomery College’s total fiscal year 2009 appropriation request to the County is $262.9 million – an amount which includes not only the $215.8 million tax-supported operating budget, but also next year’s operating budgets for self-supported funds such as the College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education, and Auxiliary Services units.

The College’s operating budget request will now go to the County Executive, for his review, as he prepares to submit a fiscal year 2009 County operating budget, for all agencies, to the County Council by March 15. The Council has until the end of May to approve a final County operating budget, which would include its appropriation for Montgomery College. After that process is completed, the Board of Trustees will adopt the College’s final FY 09 operating budget in June.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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