PITTSBURGH—The Board of Trustees of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) this evening unanimously passed a budget that includes no tuition increase for Allegheny County residents for the second straight year. In-county tuition will remain at $85.25 per credit, much more affordable than most other colleges in the region.
“CCAC recognizes that although economic indicators may be improving, the reality is still difficult financial times for many Allegheny County residents,” said CCAC President Alex Johnson, PhD. “We are able to hold in-county tuition steady thanks to a lean budget and strong support from County Executive Dan Onorato and the members of Allegheny County Council.”
Allegheny County, CCAC’s local sponsor, committed to a 2 percent annual increase in their share of the college’s operating expenses and has contributed $3 million to CCAC’s capital needs over the past two years.
CCAC receives approximately 40 percent of its annual budget of $116 million from tuition revenue. Allegheny County contributes approximately 20 percent, with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania contributing about a third. Other revenue sources contribute the remaining 10 percent. Pennsylvania’s funding for the state’s community colleges decreased slightly for the 2009–2010 fiscal year, with 10 percent of the state allocation filled with Federal stimulus funds.
The operating budget estimates a 3.5 percent credit enrollment increase year-on-year for the fall. CCAC saw year-on-year growth of 4.5 percent for fall 2009 and 12 percent for spring 2010.
CCAC’s 2010–2011 budget includes an $11 per credit increase in tuition for residents of Pennsylvania counties without a community college, to $139 per credit. Most other community colleges in Pennsylvania charge double tuition to residents of all other counties, making CCAC’s rate considerably more affordable for Pennsylvania residents in areas without a community college. CCAC students who are residents of Pennsylvania counties with a community college will continue to pay double in-county tuition, or $170.50 per credit.
In addition, due in part to cuts in the state budget for community college capital needs, CCAC’s capital fee for out-of-county residents will increase from $3.25 to $6.50 per credit. The college’s capital outlay plan for 2010–2011 includes $34.5 million in spending requests for construction, equipment and renovation projects, including the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center project, deferred maintenance and matching sources of funds.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.