Maryland independent colleges and universities are efficient and effective stewards of taxpayer dollars. If Sellinger aid were not available, many Maryland students would attend in-State public universities, a more expensive taxpayer option, or leave the State altogether, taking their tuition dollars and talents with them. Based on the most recent data available, State taxpayers pay $30,000 for each degree conferred at a public university compared to $4,000 for each degree conferred at an independent college or university.
TAXPAYER COST PER DEGREE (ALL LEVELS)
Note: The “cost per degree” reflects the average State appropriation per student served, including appropriations for operating expenses and student financial aid. Capital expenses are not reflected in these costs.
Sources: Governor’s Budget Books, Fiscal 2015; Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Degree Information System, Fiscal 2013; and MHEC S-5 Report, Fiscal 2013.