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New law helps HCC lower nonresident tuition

April 15, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

A new state law will lower tuitions for Hagerstown Community College students who live outside Washington County, President Norman Shea said Friday.

The law reduces the rate of tuition community colleges must charge out-of-state and out-of-county students, he said. The law, and the new rates, take effect July 1, he said.

Out-of-state enrollment has dropped from 650 students to 448 in three years, Shea said. That was because under existing law the college could not reduce tuition for those students and remain competitive, he said.

Tuition for out-of-state Hagerstown Community College students will drop from $196 to $143 per credit hour, due to the passage of legislation, Shea said.

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The fee for students who live in Maryland but outside Washington County will drop from $136 to $114 per credit hour, he said. There are 81 out-of-county students this semester.

The school's in-county tuition will remain at $70 per credit hour. There are 1,916 in-county students this semester.

The reduced rates will help the college get more out-of-state students, Shea said.

"It makes us pretty attractive," he said. "We can really compete."

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