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Board of Trustees Votes on Tuition for FY2012

Release Date: 4/28/2011

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Carroll Community College

Carroll Community College Board of Trustees Votes on Tuition for FY 2012
Westminster, Md.,--On April 27, 2011, the Board of Trustees of Carroll Community College voted to reduce a proposed six percent increase in tuition for FY 2012 from an earlier budget proposal to a two percent increase of the current per-credit cost. This action was based on the college’s acceptance of a new state grant to community colleges called “Keeping Community Colleges Affordable Grant.”

As a result, the college’s approved tuition increase was much reduced from an earlier proposed budget. Currently, tuition is $99 per credit. In FY, 2012, it will be $101 per credit. The earlier proposed budget from December, 2010, which was modified Wednesday, would have raised tuition to $105 dollars per credit.

Cost Savings for Students
As a result of this grant, the average student will realize tuition cost savings. The impact on Carroll Community College students of Wednesday’s Board of Trustees action is that the average full-time student will pay approximately $120 less per year than the increase which was proposed in the earlier budget.

The action was in response to Governor O’Malley’s “Keeping Community Colleges Affordable Grant.” The grant provides $5 million to be dispersed among Maryland’s 16 community colleges that agree to keep a tuition increase at or below three percent of current per-credit cost. The per-credit cost varies among the state’s community colleges. Carroll Community College’s share of the grant is approximately $150,000. However, the state grant does not completely offset the lost tuition revenue for the college.

“Carroll Community College is interested in keeping tuition affordable,” said College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo. “We believe that a quality, affordable education is one of the greatest assets of a community college. The college will work creatively to manage the tuition shortfall this creates.”

During the 2011 General Assembly session, the Senate and House maintained “level” funding for community colleges, which receive state and county funds, in addition to tuition.

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