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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 FY21 operating budget for Montgomery College is $318.4 million, an increase of $3.7 million, or 1.2 percent from the FY20 Approved budget of $314.7 million. The budget recommends a $268.2 million Current Fund for FY21, a $3.4 million or 1.3 percent increase over FY20, for both revenue and expenditures. The County Executive recommendation provides a County contribution of $145.3 million: 100 percent of the College's requested support plus an additional $165,000 for the Montgomery Can Code program.

Montgomery College's requested budget seeks no additional support from the taxpayers or their students. Instead, this budget maximizes existing resource to protect affordable tuition, offer additional scholarships, and provide fair and reasonable compensation increases for their employees. Other Current Fund revenues total $122.9 million, an increase of $3.2 million from FY20, or 2.6 percent. This increase will be funded with additional State Aid, increased use of Fund Balance, and other College revenue. Student activity fees and student sport fees are also shifted into the Current Fund as budget neutral additions to revenue and expenditures to comply with new accounting standards.

Last year, the greater Washington region had 500,000 IT job postings. Montgomery Can Code is a joint venture to fill this gap between Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Montgomery County and Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation in partnership with Apple. The sessions will be taught through the College's Information Technology Institute known for its tech training excellence. The program is free and offered to MCPS middle school students with a focus on MCPS's equity schools (schools with high FARM rates) to ensure equity in access to this program and tech career pathways. The additional funding will allow the program to expand from 300 students on two of the College's campuses in FY20 to 1,000 across all three of the College's campuses in FY21.

In addition to the total recommended operating budget for the College, the agency's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) requires Current Revenue funding. Approximately $12.3 million in FY21 Current Revenue is assumed in the County Executive's FY21-26 CIP. This total includes an additional $500 thousand of Current Revenue in the Facility Planning PDF to conduct a East County Expansion feasibility study for the College.

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 FY21 Operating and Capital Budgets prepared by the Office of Management and Budget in July.

The County 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 2020, the Council approved FY21 spending affordability guidelines (SAG) of $186.5 million for the tax-supported funds of the Montgomery College. The Board of Trustees requested $186.5 million (net of tuition and fees and excluding mandatory transfers) but with the addition of the Montgomery Can Code program the recommended budget is over the SAG by $133,461.


Current Fund enrollment is projected by the College to decrease 110 Full Time Equivalent Students (FTES) in FY21. The College estimates an FY20 enrollment of 13,588 FTES, a decline of 0.8 percent compared to the FY20 figure of 13,698 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 FY22 and FY23, with larger increases expected starting in FY24. For FY21, the County's Current Fund contribution to the College represents a $98, or 0.9 percent increase, per FTE due to the projected enrollment decline.

Tuition and Fees

For FY21, the College request proposes and assumes no increase in tuition or fees. The Board of Trustees will make final tuition and fee decisions in April 2020.

Tuition and other student fees represent approximately 28.6 percent of the revenue proposed by the County Executive to fund the FY21 Current Fund budget, compared to the 28.7 percent of revenues assumed in the FY20 budget.

State Funding

The total amount of State funding assumed in the County Executive's Recommended FY21 budget is estimated to be $48.4 million; the amount enumerated in current budget legislation, Senate Bill 192, the BRFA of 2020. It is comprised of $39.3 million in the Current Fund and $9.1 million in the Workforce Development and Continuing Education enterprise fund. These represent a $2.1 million, or 5.3 percent, increase to the Current Fund and a $1 million, or 11.5 percent, increase to the Workforce Development and Continuing Education enterprise fund over FY20 levels. The College allocates State-provided formula funds based on the proportionate share of FTES enrolled in each category.

Final action by the Maryland General Assembly on the governor's budget which includes the amount necessary to conform to the mandated John R. Cade funding formula for community colleges, and the BRFA will occur later this spring and determine the final State aid provided to the College.

Tax Supported Funds

The County Executive recommends an appropriation of $268.9 million in the three tax-supported funds (Current, Emergency Plant Maintenance and Repair, and Grants). The amount is a $3.4 million increase from the FY20 Approved level of $265.5 million, or 1.3 percent. The County's contribution to these funds has not increased from the FY20 Approved level.

Current Fund

For the Current Fund, the County Executive is recommending an appropriation of $268.2 million, an increase of $3.4 million, or 1.3 percent, from the $264.8 million approved in FY20. The recommendation assumes tuition and fee revenues under the proposed rates frozen to FY20 levels and enrollment projections discussed above.

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 $350,000, which is an increase of $50,000 from FY20.

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 is a $32,000 or 1.8 percent increase over FY20 and 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 FY21, the State's funding formula uses FY19 actuals. The County Executive recognizes the importance of higher education to the economic development of Montgomery County and recommends the Board's request of $20.7 million for this fund, which is a $2.3 million, or 12.7 percent increase compared to FY20.

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 FY21, the College requests and the County Executive recommends an appropriation of $1.9 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 $19.2 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 Rafael Pumarejo Murphy of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2775 for more information regarding this agency's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Current Fund MC Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses251453170.00264768350.00 255729009.00 268165660.001.3
Current Fund MC Expenditures251453170.00264768350.00 255729009.00 268165660.001.3
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs1810.101803.35 1803.35 1803.350.0
Current Fund: Interest568468.00155000.00 475000.00 350000.00125.8
Current Fund: Other Revenue677772.001459000.00 710541.00 1235000.00-15.4
Current Fund: Performing Arts Center94074.00135000.00 110000.00 115000.00-14.8
Fed. State & Priv. Gifts & Grants302187.00325000.00 200000.00 300000.00-7.7
Other Student Fees: Current Fund1508066.001269277.00 950000.00 1494472.0017.7
State Aid36589976.0037213559.00 37213559.00 39303765.005.6
Tuition and Fees: Current Fund74984053.0074591370.00 74331344.00 75252727.000.9
Current Fund MC Revenues114724596.00115148206.00 113990444.00 118050964.002.5
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Emergency Repair Fund Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses216659.00300000.00 300000.00 350000.0016.7
Emergency Repair Fund Expenditures216659.00