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Local residents will pay additional $4 per credit

Tuition at the College of Southern Maryland will increase for the fall semester, the college announced today.

Residents of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties will pay an additional $4 per credit. Tuition for Maryland residents outside of the tri-county region will increase by $7 per credit and for out-of-state residents by $9 per credit.

CSM’s budget is supported by funding from the state, the three counties of Southern Maryland, and tuition and fees. The fiscal 2013 budget of $59,195,108 reflects an overall increase of 4 percent over the previous year and is based on anticipated funding to be provided at the state and county levels, according to a news release from the college.

“Raising tuition is our last resort,” said CSM President Brad Gottfried in the release. “Although we have received increases in state and local funding and have trimmed costs, we are asking the students to increase the investment in their education. Most of the increases will be used to ensure that we are offering the best educational services possible to our growing student population.”

In presenting the recommended budget to the CSM Board of Trustees, CSM Vice President of Financial and Administrative Services Tony Jernigan advised the college’s fiscal 2013 operating budget supports anticipated credit enrollment increase of 4.7 percent, an increase in fixed expenses as well as continues to fund the college’s contribution for other post-employment benefits.

Included in the college’s budget are funds to support new facilities needed because of growth in enrollments. The budget also supports conversions of existing positions within nursing that have been funded previously by grants as well as for the additional positions that will support veterans, academic advising, meet state motor vehicle regulatory reporting requirements, offer additional public safety personnel, support technology requirements in the classroom and offices, and care for the mechanical systems of the college’s facilities.

Additionally the trustees authorized up to a 2 percent market adjustment of salary scales for all fully benefited faculty and staff members.