Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

09/01/2011 -- CCAC trustees forced to respond to funding cuts

PRESS RELEASE
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PITTSBURGH—Today the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Board of Trustees responded to reductions in the college’s state and local funding with an $8.25 per credit tuition increase beginning with the spring 2012 term, in addition to significant cuts already made to the college’s budget.

The tuition changes follow cuts Allegheny County faced from the state that led to a reduction in  CCAC’s allocation from the county by $2.5 million. Immediately after that announcement, the college expanded an administrative hiring freeze to include faculty and staff positions and eliminated administrative salary increases for the year. The college is exploring additional cost-saving measures that could be implemented in the coming months.

CCAC’s 2011–2012 budget, which was approved by the Board of Trustees in May and took effect July 1, already accounted for a $3.5 million reduction in the college’s funding from the state. The current budget’s expenditures are $1 million less than the previous year, including the elimination of several administrative positions and cuts to many budget lines.

For spring 2012, CCAC tuition will increase from $87.25 per credit to $95.50. Student fees will also go up by a total of $4 per credit. Tuition for all students living outside Allegheny County will be set at twice the in-county rate, or $191 per credit.

In addition, CCAC will adopt a flat-rate tuition model beginning with the spring term. All full-time students taking between 12 and 18 credits per semester will pay $1,432.50 in tuition, the equivalent of 15 credits.

“This increase is necessary in order to continue to provide a quality education in the face of a significant revenue shortfall due to actions by the commonwealth,” said William Russell Robinson, chair of the board. “Nonetheless, a CCAC education will remain considerably more affordable than other higher education options in our region.”

The new tuition rate places CCAC ninth in terms of costs among the state’s 14 community colleges.

“We thank our students for choosing CCAC to further their education. We ask for their patience as we work with our Financial Aid and Student Accounts staff to implement these changes and appropriately address students’ questions related to financial aid,” said CCAC president Alex Johnson.

A letter will be sent to all current CCAC students explaining the changes for spring 2012.

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About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 170 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is 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. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit www.ccac.edu to learn more.