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HCC budget includes raises, tuition hike

June 19, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown Community College's $17.2 million operating budget, which includes a 4 percent tuition increase and raises for employees, was approved Tuesday by the college Board of Trustees.

The tuition increase will take effect beginning with fall semester classes, HCC Director of Public Information Beth Stull said.

According to Stull, HCC tuition for Washington County residents, now $74 per credit, will be $77 per credit for fall classes.

Maryland residents who do not live in Washington County and paid $119 per credit in the spring, will be charged $124 per credit.

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Out-of-state students, who were paying $156 per credit, will be charged $163 per credit.

Stull said most classes at HCC are three-credit classes.

During the spring semester there were 2,772 students enrolled at HCC, including 2,089 county residents, 103 Maryland residents from outside the county, and 580 out-of-state students, Stull said.

HCC Dean of Administrative Services Anna Barker said raises for employees will be just under 4 percent for the average salaried employee; almost 5.2 percent for the average hourly employee; and about 6.7 percent for the average faculty member.

For example, Stull said an assistant professor now making $40,000 a year will make $42,678 annually after the raise.

The pay raises are the result of advice from a consultant who compared HCC to Maryland community colleges of similar size, Barker said.

The $17.2 million operating budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 includes almost $5.2 million in state funding and about $4.7 million from the Washington County government, Barker said.

The HCC board unanimously approved the operating budget during a Tuesday afternoon meeting at the Four Points Hotel in Hagerstown.

HCC's $16.2 million operating budget for the current fiscal year includes about $4.9 million from the state and about $4.6 million from the county, Barker said.

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