Allegany College of Maryland Commits to a Zero Percent Tuition Increase
CUMBERLAND, Md. (May 11, 2021) – Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) will not raise
tuition for the upcoming school year (2021-22). The decision builds on ACM’s commitment
to tuition affordability and belief in the importance of access to education.
“Although we pride ourselves on being an affordable college, it’s clear that we need to do more during this pandemic to lift up our students and alleviate the burdens they face. This [decision] is our small way of helping even more individuals achieve their goals while graduating on time and with less college debt,” said ACM President Cynthia Bambara. “It provides equity and access to education at a time when many in our region are silently struggling to afford basic necessities.”
In addition to freezing tuition rates, the college began in March 2020 to expand existing resources to remove additional academic roadblocks. While continuing to award nearly $1.2 million in annual scholarships, the Allegany College of Maryland Foundation offers mini-grants for students experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pantry, ACM’s permanent food and personal care items supply pantry for current students, provides discrete emergency assistance and nutrition education to students. The college now offers on-campus mental health counseling at its Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic and telehealth counseling by appointment.
ACM encourages individuals and their families to use its tuition freeze to invest in their education. “Choosing to go to college or return [to college] after a break is a big decision, but so is the payoff in terms of personal growth and economic stability. A college degree is holding even more weight at the present. Nationally, people without a college degree who lost their jobs during the pandemic are being left behind as companies and institutions begin to rehire. Nearly four million adults without degrees have not found work again, while their counterparts with some college, an associate or a bachelor’s degree are being hired or hired back at much higher rates,” said Bambara.
ACM reminds prospective and current students to complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Free Student Aid) for the 2021-2022 academic year, and register for the summer session and the fall semester. The college is continuing to offer a variety of in-person, online and flex learning classes. Interested individuals may visit ACM’s Advising Center between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for assistance, or contact Jennifer Engelbach at email@example.com or 301-784-5654 to set up an in-person or virtual advising session. In-person and virtual appointments with financial aid counselors are available by calling 301-784-5213 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.