Prince George’s raises tuition rates for after-school program and non-residents

The Prince George’s County Board of Education voted Thursday to raise the tuition rate for the school system’s before- and after-school program and for students who attend schools in the district, but live outside the county.

Kevin M. Maxwell, the schools chief executive officer, made the recommendations to the board to raise the tuitions and registration fees.

The bi-weekly rate for the before- and after-school program would increase from $145 to $155 and the registration fee for the program would jump from $10 to $25.

The tuition rate for non-residents varies based on grade level and where the student lives. For example, the rate for an elementary school student who lives in Virginia is currently $11,889. The tuition would increase by $131 to $12,020.

The school system has estimated that it would bring in almost $1 million by raising the rates.

Board member Edward Burroughs (District 8) asked why the school system was seeking the increase on the before- and after-school program when the district is in better financial shape than it has been in years.

Maxwell said the program is designed to be self-supporting.

“We don’t have a lot of choice but to raise income when our expenses go up,” he said.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

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