After increasing tuition twice for this school year, the board of Community College of Allegheny County voted Friday to hold tuition steady for the coming school year.
"Our main principal focus here is to educate students and to educate them in an affordable way," said board chairman William Robinson.
The board was able to hold the line on tuition because the county restored proposed funding cuts and the final state budget is expected to restore a proposed 5 percent cut for this year.
The tuition per credit hour will remain at $95.50 for in-county students, with the rate staying at $191 per credit hour for out-of-county students and $286.50 per credit hour for out-of-state students.
The flat rate for in-county students taking 12 to 18 credits per semester will stay at $1,432.50. Out-of-county students pay double that amount; out-of-state students pay triple.
Last year, CCAC tuition for in-county students rose from $85.25 to $87.25 per credit hour in the fall, with another increase bringing it to $95.50 per credit hour in the spring.
The board also passed an operating budget of $108.9 million. The 2011-12 budget was $104.9 million.
The new budget includes some spending for deferred maintenance and filling some faculty positions that had been left open due to budgetary constraints.
CCAC President Alex Johnson said the college will continue to use cost containment measures, including the managing of filling administrative positions, to keep expenses in line.
Mr. Johnson expects a modest decline in enrollment in the coming school year because, as the unemployment rate improves, more people return to work rather than go to school.
The board also approved a $70.5 million capital outlay for 2012-13, including some projects to be paid for via a 2012 bond issue of $40 million.
The spending includes "backfilling" Allegheny campus space that will be vacated once the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center opens in spring 2013.
Plans call for West Hall to be turned into a center for fine and performing arts and the relocation of the bookstore.
Education writer Eleanor Chute: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1955. First Published June 30, 2012 12:45 AM