UMass board to vote on possible tuition hike

Would be the first increase in three years

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Students at the University of Massachusetts may be asked to pay more for their education starting this upcoming fall. The cost of room and board, tuition, and other fees could increase for first time in three years.

The university’s board of trustees is voting on a tuition hike at 9:00 Wednesday morning.

The increase comes after the Massachusetts Legislature announced they have less funding for public universities and colleges than usual because of a projected $1.8 billion budget deficit.  Other state schools could also be affected. According to the Massachusetts Board of Education, Fitchburg State and Bridgewater State could face similar increases in tuition and fees.

UMass’s Committee on Administration voted in favor of a 6% to 8% tuition and fee increase last week. If the university’s Board of Trustees approves the increase Wednesday morning, students at the UMass campuses in Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Amherst could be affected.

The university asked the state legislature for $578 million in funding for fiscal year 2016, but Governor Charlie Baker has proposed $526 million.

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