UMass Students to Face Fee Increase
The UMass Board of Trustees voted earlier this week 9-4 in favor of increasing student fees by 7.5%. The higher fees will increase the average cost of in state students by $826 per year.
Although many of the Trustees were reluctant to vote in favor of the fee hike, they found it necessary to preserve the educational integrity of the five campus university.
When the vote was passed, the trustees were greeted with boos and picket signs. Protestors lined up and chanted, “Education should be free – no cuts, no fees.”
The revenue brought in from the fee increase will total $26 million and will help handle the $54 million budget gap endured by the university, 29% of the funds will be used for financial aid.
Looks like I got out of UMass just in time. I remember fees going up every year I was there, but nothing close to 7.5%. Plus I was out of state, so that would have been quite an increase.