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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County Board of Trustees approved a $109.6 million budget that addresses a projected budget shortfall though a combination of cuts to expenses and a modest tuition increase.
The college’s 2014–2015 operating budget is nearly $3 million less than the original budget approved for the current year. Reductions came through cuts to operating expenses, an ongoing hiring freeze on most nonunion administrative positions funded through the regular operating budget and through anticipated savings from the college’s retirement incentive plan.
Trustees approved a $5 increase in tuition, bringing the rate for Allegheny County residents to $104.75 per credit. The technology fee will rise $1, from $18.25 to $19.25 per credit. In addition, lab fees will be restructured in order to adequately represent the cost of course-related supplies.
“These are challenging times for the state’s 14 community colleges, and CCAC is no exception. The steps we’ve taken today will help ensure the financial health of the institution,” says Amy M. Kuntz, chair, CCAC Board of Trustees. “Although we are asking students to make an additional investment in their education, CCAC continues to provide an exceptional value for our students and the community.”
About the Community College of Allegheny County
CCAC annually educates more than 30,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. 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.