Please note: This news release was updated on April 8, 2021.
HARRISBURG, Pa. – On April 6, 2021, the Board of Trustees of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, adopted a $130-million budget for 2021-22.
The College’s 2021-22 budget projects a 3% decrease in enrollment and takes into account the continued widespread impacts of the global coronavirus pandemic. The College is projecting a $586,201 revenue shortfall as a result.
“Like many colleges and universities around the nation, HACC faces additional enrollment challenges as a result of the unprecedented global pandemic. It is the College’s responsibility to be disciplined to make these hard decisions to ensure that HACC is a life-sustaining organization for many years to come,” said HACC President and CEO John J. “Ski” Sygielski.
The 2021-22 budget includes a 2% tuition increase for out-of-state, non-sponsored, sponsored, dual enrolled and College in the High School students. This 2% increase will result in HACC students paying an additional $1.50 to $5.25 per credit, depending on their student type. On average, a full-time non-sponsored student will see a tuition increase of $54. This increase in tuition will generate a revenue of $1,122,586 for the College.
“A tuition increase is the last option to consider when creating a viable budget. We continue to seek ways to ensure our students complete their education with us, we will continue to offer cost-saving measures, including scholarships and tuition giveaways,” added Sygielski.
HACC’s tuition for a full-time student is approximately 30% less than the average full-time tuition at nearby four-year institutions.
The 2021-22 budget includes several cost-saving measures totaling approximately $1 million, including reduced meeting and travel expenses, bad debt expenses, utilities and several additional smaller expense categories.
The College will remain fiscally responsible and seek alternative cost-saving measures throughout the fiscal year.
The College will provide a 2% salary increase for all full- and part-time regular employees. Adjunct faculty will receive the same increase in their hourly rate. The salary increases will go into effect on July 4, 2021. HACC spends approximately three of every four dollars on total compensation and benefits when compared to total expenses.
Sygielski said, “We value our employees and the work they have done to adapt and transition to working from home over the past year as a result of the coronavirus. We are delighted that the Board supported our request for another salary increase for our employees, the second this year.”
HACC Foundation Funding
To date in 2020-21, the HACC Foundation, the nonprofit organization established to raise funds for HACC, awarded more than $854,000 in scholarships and tuition giveaways to HACC students. To continue these efforts, the HACC Foundation is offering continuing and future students the opportunity to earn $2,000 for their fall tuition to cover tuition and fees.
The HACC Foundation provides millions of dollars in funding for student scholarships, innovative academic programs, state-of-the art training equipment and modernized facilities. To learn more, please visit haccfoundation.org.
Sygielski said, “Throughout the past year, the HACC community has adapted to the global pandemic, and we will do so moving forward. We look forward to increasing the number of on-campus classes for the fall 2021 semester, as well as offering classes in a variety of ways to make sure students can take classes in the format that works for them.” For additional details, please visit hacc.edu/Fall2021Options.
For more information about HACC, including previous budgets, please see our College Fact Sheet.
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is the first and largest of Pennsylvania’s 15 community colleges. HACC offers approximately 100 career and transfer associate degree, certificate and diploma programs to approximately 17,000 students. Also, the College serves students at its Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses; through virtual learning; and via workforce development and continuing education training. For more information on how HACC is uniquely YOURS, visit hacc.edu. Also, follow us on Twitter (@HACC_info), follow us on Instagram (@HACC_edu), like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/HACC64) and use #HACCNews.