UMass Students Urge Senators to Boost Funding
Democrats are expected to hold a caucus on Tuesday in advance of debate scheduled to begin Wednesday on a proposed $34 billion state budget.
The spending plan unveiled by the Senate Ways and Means Committee last week provides $455 million for the UMass system.
University officials say a higher figure of $478 million proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick and later approved in the House would allow for a freeze in tuition and fees.
Student trustees from the five UMass campuses issued a statement on Monday urging lawmakers to seize what they called an “historic opportunity” to rein in the costs of higher education.