UMass delays vote on tuition increase

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Tuition for the coming school year is going up at UMass, but the question is, by how much? A vote on that was supposed to take place today, but UMass President Marty Meehan decided instead to wait until July. They want to first see how much money they’ll get from the state before deciding how much more they’ll charge students.

The house version of the budget gives UMass $508 million, but there’s $521 million dollars in the senate version. Both are significant increases over last year when UMass received just under $501 million.

President Meehan said he expects the increase to be reasonable, but one local resident told 22News  that they think the state should cover the full cost of public higher education. “I personally think that education should be funded by the state,” Amherst resident Jesse Crafts-Finch said. “It helps business all around. It helps people prepare for the workforce, and I think it’s one of the better things we could be doing with our tax money.”

Tuition increases were frozen for two years until UMass approved a 5 percent hike last year.

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