Council Approves FCC’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget

It has a decrease in revenues from fiscal year 2020.


Frederick, Md (KM). In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the County Council approved an operating budget for Frederick Community College for fiscal year 2021.

The spending plan totals $52,656,380, which includes a decrease of $3,478,722 from fiscal year 2020. “They are currently seeing a decrease in registration and enrollment,” says County Budget Director Kelly Weaver. “So they have taken that into consideration when establishing this budget.”

But Weaver says FCC’s budget reflects what the county has in its budget.

In budget documents from FCC, the school says the COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty when it comes to registration for credit and non-credit students, and registration is down as of June 3rd, 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. But FCC says it’s optimistic that enrollment and registration will continue to grow as the Governor’s Road Map to Recovery helps Maryland make progress in recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.

The budget contains an increase of $3 to in-county tuition from $125 per credit to $128 per credit. Out-of-County and out-of-state tuition will increase  by $7 per credit and $9 per credit respectively. But the consolidated service fee will remain  at $25.40 per credit, and the student activity fee will continue at $3.34 per credit.

As part of its motion to approve, the Council gave the green light to FCC’s Auxiliary Enterprise Budget which covers the Bookstore, Carl and Norma Miller Children’s Center and Dining Services.

The motion also okays the FCC Capital Improvements Program which totals $8,507,720. It includes funding for LInganore Hall renovation and addition; Annapolis Hall renovation; classroom technology upgrades; technology upgrades; and FCC Systemics.

Fiscal year 2021 begins on July 1st, 2020.


By Kevin McManus