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Hagerstown Community College to freeze tuition for next year

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees has approved a tuition freeze for the 2016-2017 academic year.

“As the cost of a college education continues to rise and student financial aid has been reduced, we have seen a growing number of students who are unable to attend college due to cost,” said HCC President Guy Altieri. “The administration and the board of HCC feel a strong commitment to doing everything possible to help students attain a college education without accumulating significant debt. With careful planning and continued support from the county commissioners and the state, we are planning to be able to hold tuition rates for all of next year, without any increase.”

Altieri added that a tuition increase for spring 2017 is possible, if anticipated funding for the fall semester is not as expected.

HCC’s tuition rates remain among the lowest in the four-state area. Rates are currently $117 per credit hour for in-county students, $183 per credit hour for out-of-county students, and $241 per credit hour for out-of-state rates. The registration and general college fee will also remain unchanged for the upcoming year. Three of five HCC students receive some type of financial assistance. HCC’s annual operating costs are supplemented by county and state funding.

HCC now serves more than 6,000 credit students and 9,000 continuing education students each year. As the college has grown and developed to support the changing needs of the community, its mission and vision have been affirmed by its continued accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. HCC was first accredited in 1968 and, in 2015, received continued accreditation for another ten years. From a student’s perspective, the Middle States accreditation designation is important because it allows HCC to receive federal program grants and financial aid for its students, and it enhances the transfer of college credits to other accredited institutions.

HCC offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs for university transfer or job entry, as well as continuing education and adult basic education. To learn more, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu