Secretary of Higher Education Shaila R. Aery has recommended to Maryland community colleges that they charge a registration fee for continuing education courses taken by senior citizens.
The recommended $20 fee would help defray the cost of offering continuing education courses to seniors, who by law may take courses without paying tuition.
During the 1988-1989 academic year, there were more than 134,000 senior citizen registrations in Maryland's community college system.
In a memo to community college presidents, Aery pointed out that demand for community college courses increases during economic slowdowns. Noting that colleges will be forced to find ways to operate with reduced budgets, Aery said the fee would assist colleges in responding to increased demand.
Fairness to paying students also dictates consideration of the fee, the secretary said. Information: 974-2971.