MACC Legislative Resources

Community colleges remain the most affordable post-secondary option in Maryland’s system of higher education; however, the cost of attending a community college has risen steadily over the past ten years. The continuous rebasing of the formulas that determine the annual state aid to our institutions has moved the community college funding premise of 1/3 state-funded, 1/3 county-funded, and 1/3 student-funded to a point where students now carry the burden of picking up 40% of the cost.

Cost is the primary barrier to postsecondary education. For every percentage increase in tuition, students are lost – often forever. At no other time in history has it been more important to keep open access to postsecondary education – not only for the individual, but for the economic welfare of the State.