Trustees at CCC increase tuition

County residents to pay $3 more for each credit hour

June 17, 1999|By David L. Greene | David L. Greene,SUN STAFF

Students at Carroll Community College will pay $3 more per credit hour to attend class.

The college's board of trustees voted last night to raise tuition for county residents from $67 to $70 per credit hour. The increase is expected to generate an additional $113,000, most of which will be used to upgrade campus computer labs.

The average full-time student -- who registers for about 12.5 credits per semester -- will now pay about $1,079 per semester, including other fees.

It is the fifth consecutive year tuition has gone up at Carroll, but Alan Schuman, executive vice president for administration and budget director, said Carroll will remain at about the state average for community colleges, which was $67 for the 1998-1999 school year.

Tuition at Carroll rose $4 per credit hour last year and $3 the year before.

For the next term, Schuman said, five computer labs are in need of renovations that are expected to cost $350,000.

"Students need to learn on state-of-the-art equipment so they can be competitive when they go out in the marketplace," Schuman said. He said Carroll bills itself as a technology-rich place to learn.

Students attending summer classes are already paying the higher tuition rate.

The school's seven trustees tentatively approved the rate increase in December.

Last night's unanimous vote made the change officially part of the school's $11 million budget that goes into effect July 1 and cemented the tuition adjustment for the fall and spring terms.

Tuition for students who do not live in Carroll County will increase from $120 to $125 per credit hour. Out-of-state residents will pay $190 next year instead of $185, college officials said. About 98 percent of the students live in the county.

The larger Community Colleges of Baltimore County -- with branches in Catonsville, Dundalk and Essex -- will charge Baltimore County residents $60 per credit hour this fall, the same as last year.

Carroll's trustees also voted last night to abolish a $25 technology fee charged to students taking classes that use computers. Instead, all students will pay a higher college services fee of 15 percent of tuition paid rather than 10 percent.

"All students have the capability to access computers," Schuman said. "It seemed fair to spread the burden."

The adjustment in the services fee, coupled with the tuition increase, means the average full-time student is paying $91 per semester more than in the recently completed academic year.

Also last night, the board approved Faye Pappalardo college president. Outgoing President Joseph F. Shields was offered emeritus status.

Shields, considered the institution's founding president, arrived in 1991 and oversaw the school's independence from Catonsville Community College in 1993.

Pub Date: 6/17/99

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