Tuition, pay hike approved in HJC budget

June 24, 1997


Staff Writer

A 3 percent raise for all Hagerstown Junior College employees was included in the nearly $12.7 million budget approved by the college's Board of Trustees on Tuesday afternoon, according to college officials.

The 1997-98 budget - about 4 percent more than last year's budget - includes nearly $9.9 million for employee salaries and benefits.

A $3 per credit hour tuition hike was factored into the budget, said HJC Comptroller Arthur Barnhart.

The increase, the 12th in as many years, will bring tuition up to $70 per credit hour for Washington County residents, $96 for other Maryland residents and $123 for out-of-state residents.


Despite the increase, college officials expect a $104,205 drop in tuition revenue from credit students.

That should be partially offset by a $25,000 increase in noncredit tuition and $16,300 more in student fees, according to projections.

College officials were pleasantly surprised with increases in state aid and funding from the Washington County Commissioners, Barnhart said.

The County Commissioners upped their allotment from last year by $275,000 to just over $4 million, Barnhart said.

The increase in county funding was the largest in recent years, HJC President Norman Shea said.

"We owe the County Commissioners a debt of gratitude," Shea said.

The college expects an additional $165,121 in state aid, for a total of nearly $3.5 million, Barnhart said.

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