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Mid-year tuition hikes set for Maryland universities

Mid-year tuition increases are being implemented at some University System of Maryland institutions to help address the $40.3 million reduction in state funding for the system that was announced last week.

The University of Maryland, College Park is planning to increase tuition by $152 for full-time, in-state undergraduates for the current semester. Out-of-state undergraduates at UMCP will face increases of $279. Part-time students and graduate students will also be charged more, though those details were not immediately available Friday.

The hike brings in-state tuition at UMCP to $9,579 annually; out-of-state tuition would increase to $29,720 annually.

The other mid-year tuition increases are more modest. In-state undergraduate tuition will increase by $58 to $62 at Frostburg State, Towson and Salisbury universities per semester. Part-time students there will see smaller increases.

Part of the revenue raised by those tuition increases will be used to “address the needs of low-income students,” according to the USM Board of Regents.

At each of those four institutions, the additional revenue generated will amount to about one-fourth of the total budget reductions they each face, according to the Board of Regents.

For example, of the overall $40.3 million budget cut to the university system, Towson’s share is about $3.5 million, according to an email from Interim President Timothy Chandler sent to the university community Friday.

“Sharing this financial burden with our students is a decision we take very seriously,” Chandler wrote. “After discussing the news with a group of student leaders, they fully understood that the increase was preferred over cutting student services, and that the timing and severity of this cut made it necessary.”

Altogether, the tuition hikes at the four universities are expected to raise $5.4 million.


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