Students attending the Community College of Allegheny County will see tuition rise this fall by 4.5 percent, or $4.25 per credit.
The increase is part of the college budget trustees approved Thursday.
The $112.5 million operating budget is for fiscal year 2013-14, officials said. Full-time students who are residents of Allegheny County will pay a flat rate of $1,496.25 per semester for tuition.
"This increase is necessary for CCAC to be able to continue to provide quality education in the face of flat funding from the commonwealth and a necessary adjustment from Allegheny County," Amy M. Kuntz, board chairwoman, said after the vote.
Also Thursday, the board said it had completed its evaluation of CCAC president Alex Johnson and voted to award him a 10 percent performance bonus that he is entitled to under his contract. Mr. Johnson said he intends to donate the bonus to charities.
Mr. Johnson's salary is $250,454. The bonus totals 10 percent of that sum or $25,045.
The new budget for the college is $3 million, 2.7 percent more than the existing operating budget for 2012-13. Pressures driving the spending increase are contractual obligations, utilities and purchased goods and services, among others, the school said.
Under the new rates, in-state non-Allegheny County residents will pay $199.50 per credit, and those from out of state will pay $299.25 per credit. The student success fee, which goes toward new and existing student support services, will rise by $2.25 per credit to $4.25. The school said the technology fee will increase from $12 to $18.25 per credit.
CCAC has 32,000 credit-seeking students.
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