AACC Hikes Fees On Senior Citizens

| July 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Board of Trustees of Anne Arundel Community College voted to increase fees to help off-set the County Council’s 15 percent decrease in county funding of the college for fiscal year 2012 (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012). The Senior Administrative Cycle Fee will increase from $40 to $80 per cycle and will begin for all registrations for the fall for courses at area senior centers, retirement communities and campus-based senior courses. The Board will also consider enhancing existing fees and implementing new ones.

“The Board has adopted a yearlong, two-pronged approach of continuing to reduce expenditures, including implementing faculty and staff furloughs for FY2012, and considering all possible sources of additional revenues,” said Chairperson, Victoria K. Fretwell. “We are always reluctant to increase fees to students of any age, but the message the County Council clearly communicated was that everyone needed to share the pain during these difficult economic times. Unfortunately, everyone means everyone.”

The cycle fee allows for unlimited enrollment in noncredit courses per term but has not increased since 2005. By state law, tuition will continue to be waived for all seniors in state-subsidized courses.

“We remain committed to doing all that we can to preserve our mission of offering high quality, accessible, affordable education,” said college president Dr. Martha Smith.

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