Anne Arundel Community College trustees have approved a $110.6 million operating budget proposal for the next fiscal year year that includes a tuition and fee increase of $16 per credit hour, the largest such increase in school history.
The increase calls for an additional $7 per credit hour for tuition and $9 per credit hour for educational services, and would raise the school's tuition rate to $120 per credit hour. For example, a student who is a resident of the county taking six credit hours per semester would pay $720 in tuition and fees; a student taking 15 credit hours would play $1,800.
"After years of low or no tuition increases, this has placed Anne Arundel Community College well behind our cohort colleges," AACC President Martha Smith, who is retiring this year, said at the board meeting Wednesday. "Now we have to face the stark and very unpleasant reality of the need to increase tuition and fees."
AACC's fall 2011 semester cost was $90 per credit hour for tuition and $14 per credit hour for educational services, less than the statewide average for community colleges. The average tuition for the state's community colleges is $99 per credit hour, and fees are $20 per credit hour for fall 2011, according to the Maryland Association of Community Colleges.