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Mission Statement

Montgomery College provides postsecondary educational programs from campuses located in Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Rockville, and Germantown. It serves four broad groups of students:

  • those who want the first two years of a university education, either for an associate's degree or preparatory to another program;
  • those who want to prepare for a career that does not require a bachelor's degree;
  • highly capable high school juniors and seniors who participate in special programs; and
  • adults who want to continue their education, either to improve job skills or for personal enrichment.


Budget Overview

The total recommended FY20 operating budget for Montgomery College is $310.4 million, a decrease of $3.4 million, or 1.1 percent from the FY19 Approved budget of $313.7 million. The decrease is primarily due to a reduction in tuition and fee revenue from declining enrollment and reduced use of fund balance in FY20 than FY19. The County Executive recommendation funds 99.0 percent of the College's request and provides an affordable and sustainable level of support.

The County Executive recommends a total County contribution of $144.5 million. This funding level represents an increase of $43.6 million since FY14, or 43.2 percent. On a per full-time equivalent student (FTES) basis, the County Executive's recommendation for local funding is an increase of $384 per FTES in FY20, or 3.8 percent. Per FTES funding will have increased $4,644 since FY14, or over 81 percent.

Other Current Fund revenues total $119.6 million, a decrease of $3.1 million from FY20, or 2.5 percent. The decrease is primarily due to a reduction in tuition and fee revenue and decreased use of fund balance in FY20.

In addition to the total recommended operating budget for the College, the agency's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) requires Current Revenue funding. Approximately $13.6 million in FY20 Current Revenues is assumed in the County Executive's FY19-24 Amended CIP.

Montgomery College's budget request is not detailed in this document. The College's budget request may be obtained by contacting the College's Budget Office, 9221 Corporate Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20850, phone 240-567-7292, or may be found on the College's website at www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/budget.

State law requires the Board of Trustees and the President to prepare and submit operating and capital budgets to the County Council. The operating budget request is normally submitted to the Council and County Executive in January each year. The College's approved budget is included in the County Approved FY20 Operating and Capital Budgets prepared by the Office of Management and Budget in July.

For FY20, Montgomery College requests an increase of $3.1 million in the County contribution, an increase of 2.2 percent from the approved FY19 budget, and 6.1 percent or $607 on a per FTES basis.

The Executive relies on the Board of Trustees to determine the most appropriate manner and use to deliver education services within the recommended budget appropriation.

Spending Affordability Guidelines

In February 2019, the Council approved FY20 spending affordability guidelines (SAG) of $186.0 million for the tax-supported funds of the Montgomery College. The Board of Trustees requested $185.1 million (net of tuition and fees and excluding mandatory transfers), in line with SAG.


Current Fund enrollment is projected by the College to decrease 526 FTES in FY20. The College estimates an FY20 enrollment of 13,698 FTES, a decline of 3.7 percent compared to the FY19 figure of 14,224 FTES. An FTES enrollment for one year is calculated as the total number of credit hours divided by 30. The College projects enrollment to gradually increase in FY21 and FY2, with larger increases expected starting in FY23.

Tuition and Fees

For FY20, the College request assumes an increase in tuition and fees of $4 per semester hour, from $128 to $132 for County residents, a $8 per semester hour increase for non-County State residents (to $269 per semester hour), and $12 per semester hour for out-of-State residents (to $374 per semester hour). The consolidated fee for all students would remain at 20 percent of tuition along with per-credit fees for technology ($5), the Major Facilities Reserve Fund fee ($7), and transportation ($7).

The Board of Trustees will make final tuition and fee decisions in April 2019.

Tuition and other student fees represent approximately 29.0 percent of the revenue proposed by the County Executive to fund the FY20 Current Fund budget, compared to the 29.5 percent of revenues assumed in the FY19 budget.

State Funding

The Total amount of State funding assumed in the Executive's Recommended FY20 budget is estimated to be $45.3 million. It is comprised of $37.2 million in the Current Fund and $8.0 million in the Workforce Development and Continuing Education enterprise fund. The College allocates State-provided formula funds based on the proportionate share of FTES enrolled in each category.

Tax Supported Funds

The County Executive recommends an appropriation of $262.4 million in the three tax-supported funds (Current, Emergency Plant Maintenance and Repair, and Grants). The amount is a $3.2 million decrease from the FY19 Approved level of $265.5 million, or -1.2 percent.

Current Fund

For the Current Fund, the County Executive is recommending an appropriation of $261.7 million, a decrease of $3.1 million, or 1.2 percent, from the $264.8 million approved in FY19. The recommendation assumes tuition and fee revenues under the proposed tuition rate and increase discussed above. The County Executive recommends an additional $3.0 million in expenditures from the fund balance of the Current Fund, equal to the amount proposed by the College in its FY20 budget request.

Emergency Plant Maintenance and Repair Fund

The Emergency Plant Maintenance and Repair Fund supports unanticipated expenditures to make emergency repairs not funded elsewhere in the budget. The County Executive recommends the Board's request of $300,000, which is a reduction of $50,000 from FY19.

Tax-Supported Grant Fund

The Tax-Supported Grant Fund provides for community needs not met elsewhere in the budget. The County Executive recommends the Board's request of $400,000 to support the College's adult literacy programs.

Other Funds

Cable Television

The County Executive recommends an appropriation of $1.8 million from the Cable Television Fund, which provides for production and operation of the College's higher education channel on the County's cable system. The requested amount would provide instructional programs and public service offerings by the College to the Community. Additional detail on the College's Cable budget can be found in the Cable Communications Plan section.

Special Funds

The College's Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WDCE) Fund is supported by a combination of student tuition and fees and State reimbursements that are based on the most recent actual FTES enrollment. For FY20, the State's funding formula uses FY18 actuals. The County Executive recognizes the importance of higher education to the economic development of Montgomery County and recommends the Board's request of $18.4 million for this fund, which is a $0.7 million, or 3.9 percent increase compared to FY19.

The Auxiliary Enterprises Fund includes the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Cultural Arts Center, MBI (Macklin Business Institute) Café, sports camps, and facility rentals. For FY20, the College requests and the County Executive recommends an appropriation of $1.7 million.

The Grants and Contracts fund includes those revenues received by the College from all sources. The College requests and the County Executive recommends an appropriation of $19.9 million.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • A Growing Economy

Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Linda Hickey of the Montgomery College at 240.567.7292 or Richard H. Harris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2795 for more information regarding this agency's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
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Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Current Fund MC Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses257588741.00264799723.00 260492785.00 261702381.00-1.2
Current Fund MC Expenditures257588741.00264799723.00 260492785.00 261702381.00-1.2
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs1802.101810.10 1810.10 1803.35-0.4
Current Fund: Interest214006.00155000.00 200000.00 155000.000.0
Current Fund: Other Revenue3180582.001459000.00 654411.00 1459000.000.0
Current Fund: Performing Arts Center93681.00135000.00 75000.00 135000.000.0
Fed. State & Priv. Gifts & Grants320665.00325000.00 300000.00 325000.000.0
Other Student Fees: Current Fund1278420.001294428.00 1248973.00 1269277.00-1.9
State Aid35794377.0036589976.00 36589976.00 37213559.001.7
Tuition and Fees: Current Fund75800825.0076892107.00 74191966.00 74591370.00-3.0
Current Fund MC Revenues116682556.00116850511.00 113260326.00 115148206.00-1.5
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00