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Montgomery College’s Position on Tuition Rates for Students

January 20, 2011

Montgomery College has not received an official notification of Delegate Pat McDonough’s plans for a lawsuit concerning our tuition rates for students. Members of the press notified the College that the delegate intended to speak about the matter at a press conference this afternoon.

As the community’s college, Montgomery College proudly provides everyone with open access to higher education in Montgomery County. The College serves nearly 60,000 credit and noncredit students annually, making it one of the most diverse community colleges in the country. Delegate Pat McDonough (Baltimore and Harford Counties) does not represent Montgomery County, nor has he sought to visit Montgomery College and learn about our students.

Montgomery College offers its lowest tuition rate to all recent Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) graduates. Students who have not graduated from a MCPS high school within the last three years must provide proof of residency to receive the lowest rate, unless otherwise permitted by law. At a regularly scheduled public meeting, the Board of Trustees reaffirmed the College’s long-standing business practice regarding tuition for MCPS graduates by voting to include it in the Collegewide Policies and Procedures.

The Montgomery College Board of Trustees sets tuition rates annually, in accordance with Maryland law. The College adheres to all laws and regulations regarding the information submitted for state aid.

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