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Governor Proposes State Pays for Up to 50% of Public University Tuition

AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — Governor Patrick wants to make sure that cost doesn’t get in the way of earning an education.  So, as part of this year’s budget, he’s proposed that the state pay as much as 50 percent of public university tuition.

We spoke with a few of the colleges on board with the plan.

As part of her final project, UMass Amherst Sophomore Emmeline Cordingley is working to make sure Governor Deval Patrick’s higher education budget passes. It would increase state funds for all tiers of public education, from early childhood through college.

Hoping to even the scales parents would pay 50 percent and the state would pick up the other half of the tuition.

“Our tactic right now is to have people contact their senators right now and have people tell them how much the 50/50 budget would impact their lives for the better. If it is enacted, the president of UMass and the Board of Trustees have promised to enact a tuition and fee freeze for 2 full years,” says Cordingley.

This would mean students like Hunter Parent-Wetmore, can breathe a little easier.

“Typically on a year to year basis fees go up $400 give or take a few hundred here or there. For the next semester for me, that’s $400 dollars for books, $400 to spend on school supplies, on transportation, it’s something that students like me really need so we don’t graduate with massive amounts of debt,” explains Parent-Wetmore, who’s a UMass Amherst Junior.

Earlier this month, the House Ways and Means Committee approved the $33 billon budget. It also means this will be the first time in 8 years that Springfield Technical Community College will not see tuition increases.

STCC President, Ira Rubenzahl told us, “We are gonna freeze our tuition and charges next year. All the community colleges have agreed to do this. I think all the public colleges will freeze student charges based on the House Ways and Means budget.”

Something that should come as a relief to Massachusetts public education students.


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