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Fees to increase again

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

At the dawn of a two-day election period in which fees have featured as a central component to the campaigns of all the candidates running for office in student government, the UMass board of trustees finance committee approved a 3.1 increase in student tuition and fees.

The Boston Globe reported earlier today that the newest fee hike will cost undergraduate students at UMass $288.00 more to graduate from the University.

"Under the plan, which must be voted on by the full board of trustees March 19, tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates would rise from $9,261 to $9,549. If approved, the increase would trail the regional inflation rate for the fifth consecutive year," writes Peter Schworm, a Globe staff writer.

UMass President Jack Wilson released this statement to the media earlier today:

"Our top priority is to keep academic excellence affordable for UMass students by containing costs. We are committed to making sure that UMass students continue to have access to world-class education."

According to the Globe article, while the national average cost to attend a state college or university has risen 7 percent annually, the cost to attend UMass has only averaged a 3.4 annual percentage increase.

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