CSM to in­crease tu­ition 2.5 per­cent

Lo­cal stu­dents to pay ad­di­tional $3 per credit

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land has an­nounced a 2.5 per­cent tu­ition in­crease be­gin­ning at the start of the fall 2016 school year.

The in­crease, set by CSM’s Board of Trus­tees at its May 19 meet­ing, will mean an in­crease of $3 per credit for Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s res­i­dents, to $123 per credit.

For Mary­land stu­dents who re­side out­side the tri-county re­gion, tu­ition will in­crease $6 per credit, to $213. Out-of-state stu­dents will see $7 per credit in­crease, to $275 per credit.

The com­pre­hen­sive fee re­mains at 23 per­cent of tu­ition.

CSM’s op­er­at­ing bud­get for the up­com­ing fis­cal year is $63,510,161. Tu­ition and fees con­sti­tute nearly 48 per­cent of fund­ing, with the re­main­der pri­mar­ily com­ing from county (29 per­cent) and state (22 per­cent).

The FY17 bud­get is an in­crease of less than 1 per­cent over the cur­rent year bud­get, and in­cludes funds to be­gin op­er­a­tions at the new re­gional Hugh­esville

cam­pus cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion, home to the Cen­ter for Trades and En­ergy Train­ing which is ex­pected to be com­pleted mid­way through the 2016-17 school year.

CSM Pres­i­dent Bradley Got­tfried said the in­crease in tu­ition is also to help keep up with ris­ing op­er­at­ing costs as well as an ef­fort to “right-size” en­roll­ment es­ti­mates.

“In the past we have been overly op­ti­mistic on what we felt en­roll­ment would be, and this is an ef­fort to cor­rect that,” Got­tfried said.

He said the 2.5 per­cent in­crease should not un­duly im­pact most stu­dents.

“For those stu­dents for whom it would be a hard­ship, we are here to help,” Got­tfried said. “We don’t want to see any stu­dent de­nied an ed­u­ca­tion be­cause we in­creased tu­ition.”

Got­tfried said CSM of­fers a free, on­line ser­vice through the col­lege web­site to help stu­dents iden­tify and ap­ply for schol­ar­ships.

“It’s part of our mission; it’s part of what we do,” Got­tfried said.

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