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HJC budget approved

June 24, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

Hagerstown Junior College on Tuesday passed a $13.6 million budget that increases tuition for out-of-state and out-of-county students but holds the line on tuition for Washington County residents.

The budget also includes a 4 percent pay increase for all staff.

The college's Board of Trustees tentatively approved the budget in January, before the college knew how much money it would receive from the Washington County Commissioners.

The college asked the commissioners for $4.20 million and received $4.16 million.

The 1998-99 budget includes a $9 per credit hour increase for out-of-county students and a $15 per credit hour increase for out-of-state students.

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

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

The tuition increases are mandated by a state law that 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.

College President Norman Shea said the 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.

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

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