AACC board of trustees OKs 10 percent budget increase

Proposal includes higher tuitions

new programs part of plan

March 05, 2006|BY A SUN REPORTER

The Anne Arundel Community College board of trustees has adopted an operating budget request of $88.1 million and a $6.3 million capital budget for the next fiscal year.

The community college budget includes a tuition increase of $3 per credit hour for county residents, $5 per credit hour for Maryland residents, and $8 per credit hour for out-of-state residents and foreign students.

Tuition last fall ranged from $83 per credit hour for county students to $159 for residents of other Maryland counties and $282 for out-of-state residents and foreign students, according to the college's Web site.

School officials said that AACC has the eighth-lowest tuition of the 16 community colleges in the state.

"This is not a decision that the members of the Board of Trustees make lightly," board Chairman Arthur D. Ebersberger said in a statement.

The budget request, which was approved Tuesday, includes funding to enhance existing programs, including world languages, and money to fund new programs, such as the homeland security management degree, to be offered this fall.

Also included in the request is an employee compensation plan.

With both the Anne Arundel County school board and the Anne Arundel Community College board asking for a 10 percent increase in their budgets for next year, County Executive Janet S. Owens said yesterday that neither is likely to get everything it wants.

Owens will consider the budgets and could trim them before adding them to her own spending proposal, which will go to the County Council in May.

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