Community college tuition up six percent

Carroll Community College students will see a six percent increase in tuition after the college's Board of Trustees voted to formally approve its fiscal year 2014 operating budget June 27.

The board voted unanimously to approve its $30.8 million operating budget, which includes an increase in tuition for in-county students from $107 per credit hour to $113 per credit hour this fall.

Carroll is one of seven community colleges statewide that is expected to raise its tuition based on early projections, according to Jody Kallis, legislative liaison with the Maryland Association of Community Colleges.

The average tuition cost across Maryland's 16 community colleges next year is expected to be $104 per credit hour, with Howard Community College being the most expensive at $129 and Baltimore City Community College the cheapest at $88.

Carroll Community College spokeswoman Sylvia Blair said the college is raising its tuition to meet budget expectations and continue to provide a high quality education with the necessary resources.

In-county tuition at Carroll has risen steadily each year since July 2010 when it was $99 per credit hour.

Carroll's out-of-county tuition will rise from $156 per credit hour to $165 per credit hour and out-of-state tuition will rise from $219 per credit hour to $231 per credit hour this year.

The college is projecting a slight drop in enrollment at the college next year in its fiscal year 2014 budget.

After projecting 3,225 students last year, the college is expecting to enroll 3,208 students in the upcoming year.

Kallis said after tremendous increases in enrollment over recent years, statewide community college enrollment is expected to remain steady in the next year.

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