HJC board approves tuition increases

January 27, 1998

HJC board approves tuition increases


Staff Writer

Tuition at Hagerstown Junior College will increase by up to $450 per year for out-of-state students and out-of-county students will pay up to $270 more a year under a $13.6 million budget passed Tuesday by the school's Board of Trustees.

College officials had predicted that out-of-state tuition could jump by as much as $810 next year, but college officials readjusted their figures Tuesday.

College officials are being forced to increase tuition because of a state law that HJC President Norman Shea called "excessive."

The law requires the school to charge out-of-state students tuition that is triple the in-county rate. The law calls for out-of-county tuition to be double the in-county rate.


The increases are to be fully implemented within five years.

Under the 1998-99 budget, tuition for county residents will remain steady, but there is a $9 per credit hour increase for out-of-county students and a $15 per credit hour increase for out-of-state residents.

While in-county tuition will remain at about $1,050 per semester, out-of-county tuition will increase from about $1,500 to about $1,635 per semester and out-of-state rates will jump from about $1,980 to $2,205 per semester.

The estimations are based on a 15 credit-hour semester.

Shea said the state law is designed to make up for the large number of out-of-state and out-of-county students who do not pay local or state taxes. About 600 of HJC's 3,000 students come from Pennsylvania.

Shea said he believes out-of-state residents should pay more "but not three times more."

HJC officials hope that the General Assembly this session will pass legislation that would allow the school to control its tuition.

Although enrollment is up at the college, HJC officials are worried the rate increases required by the state could hurt enrollment in coming years.

The budget, which would require a $200,000 increase from the Washington County Commissioners, also includes a 3 percent salary increase for all college employees.

Shea gave the Board of Trustees an overview of the school Tuesday, showing the significant growth the school has witnessed. In the last decade, the budget has grown from $5 million to $13.6 million and capital improvements have totaled $34 million.

"It's important we remember the distance this college has come," Shea said.

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