AUGUSTA, Maine — A regional agency that watches trends in colleges says that during the past five years, Maine community colleges had the lowest increases in in-state and out-of-state tuitions and fees in all of New England.
The New England Board of Higher Education’s report is based on figures from schools in the six states collected during the summer.
Affordability of postsecondary education has become a bigger issue as college tuitions rise faster than the rate of inflation and family incomes. In New England, projections suggest that anywhere from 59 percent of jobs in Maine to 68 percent in Massachusetts will require some kind of postsecondary education by 2018.
In the report, Rhode Island shows up as the only New England state to increase state appropriations to higher education for fiscal 2012.