College seeks 7.5% funding increase

Higher tuition planned for out-of-county students

16 new positions added

January 27, 2000|By Alice Lukens | Alice Lukens,SUN STAFF

The board of trustees of Howard Community College passed a budget last night for fiscal year 2001 that calls for tuition increases next year for students from outside Howard and a 7.5 percent increase in county funding.

In-county students would continue to pay $81 a credit hour and out-of-county tuition would increase from $169 a credit hour to $178 a credit hour.

The proposed budget seeks a funding increase of 7.5 percent from the county, or $856,680 more than last year's $11.4 million.

College officials have not discussed the spending plan with County Executive James N. Robey.

The trustees also voted to write off $50,000 in "bad debt" caused by a glitch in the college's new computer system, said Lynn Coleman, vice president of administration and finance.

Randy Bengfort, the college's public information officer, said the debt is from late fees that were not collected.

Many of the items in the proposed budget would accommodate growth, Bengfort said. For example, funding is requested for 16 additional full-time positions, including four assistant professors.

But there's not enough money to cover all the college's needs, especially if enrollment grows 5 percent next fall as expected.

The proposed budget outlines major priorities that must be addressed in the future, including $250,000 for furniture and equipment for the new child care center; $744,000 for technology projects; $225,000 for more full-time faculty to keep pace with growth; and an added $440,000 for financial aid and work-study funds.

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