CCAC to raise tuition

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Tuition for Community College of Allegheny County students will increase 5 percent next school year as part of the $109.6 million budget approved Thursday by the college’s board of trustees.

Amy Kuntz, the board chairwoman, said the $5 per-credit-hour hike, expected to bring in an additional $2.1 million during the 2014-15 fiscal year, reflects the college’s rising costs amid largely flat state and county funding over the past few years, though the county’s contribution for the coming year of $464,809 constitutes a 2 percent increase.

The 2014-15 budget is about $2.9 million less than the spending plan approved last year and also includes increases in technology and lab fees, intended to reflect the “true cost” of taking the classes, including materials, Ms. Kuntz said, and bring in an additional $1 million.

For students from Allegheny County, tuition will go from $99.75 per credit hour to $104.75, meaning a student taking 15 credits a semester would pay $1,571.25, up from $1,496.25 the year before. That price doubles for students from outside the county. or 412-263-3909. Twitter: @rczullo.

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