CCC to receive extra $890,000 in state funding

April 14, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll Community College officials said yesterday they will not raise tuition next year because the school has received almost $900,000 in additional state money.

The General Assembly last week approved a budget for community colleges in Maryland that included an extra $3.9 million for nine schools.

Of that amount, Carroll received the largest chunk -- about $890,000, said Fred W. Puddester, deputy secretary of the state Department of Budget and Fiscal Planning.

The extra money means the college won't raise its tuition of $48 per credit hour and will not ask the county for more money for fiscal year 1995, said Vice President of Administration Alan M. Schuman.

Officials had said they would have to raise tuition to $52 per credit hour.

Carroll also received another $6,000 as the result of other technical adjustments in the state funding formula, Mr. Schuman said.

About half of the overall increase in state aid -- $447,000 -- will be spent to improve educational programs, Mr. Schuman said.

Officials plan to spend the money in three categories -- to buy laboratory and other technical equipment, hire faculty and support staff salaries, and pay for supplies and other routine expenses.

The college board of trustees will meet Wednesday to discuss specifically how the money will be divided, Mr. Schuman said.

The college will receive a total of $2.9 million from the state next year, about $1.2 million more than the current fiscal year, he said.

The college has asked the county for $2.3 million in fiscal 1995, the same amount it received this year, Mr. Schuman said.

Carroll Community College officials lobbied in Annapolis for the extra state money, which is an adjustment in the formula by which community colleges receive state aid.

Historically, smaller community colleges, such as those in Allegany, Cecil and Garrett counties, received a higher amount per student than larger colleges, Mr. Schuman said. The higher amount was to help smaller colleges cover fixed expenses, he said.

Carroll Community College, however, was part of Catonsville Community College and therefore was receiving money based on the formula for a larger school.

When Carroll became an independent college in July, officials said the funding formula was not being applied fairly to their school, Mr. Schuman said.

Carroll has the equivalent of about 1,800 full-time students this year and expects to add about 1,000 next year, he said.

In reviewing the funding formula, the state found inequities for other schools.

Mr. Puddester said Montgomery County received an additional $740,000; Howard County received $350,000; and Wicomico received $200,000.

The overall state budget for community colleges is about $86 million. College officials had asked for a total of $13.9 million more from the state, but received only $3.9 million, Mr. Puddester said.

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