University of Maine System freezes in-state tuition, holding steady for two consecutive years for first time since mid-’80s

By Whit Richardson, BDN Staff
Posted May 20, 2013, at 7:09 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The University of Maine System will freeze tuition for in-state undergraduate students at 2012 levels for the upcoming fall semester.

The UMS board of trustees approved the tuition freeze at a meeting Monday, according to a news release.

The board’s decision marks the first time since 1985-87 that there has been no increase in in-state undergraduate tuition for two consecutive years, the release said.

Annual tuition and mandatory fees for in-state students range from $10,600 at the University of Maine, the system’s flagship campus in Orono, to $7,300 at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

The frozen tuition rates are contingent on the state maintaining flat funding in the 2014 fiscal year, according to Chancellor James Page.

“Our trustees are committed to keeping higher education affordable in Maine,” Page said in a statement. “With today’s decision, undergraduate students from Maine who were freshmen in 2012 will be paying the same tuition two years later — in their junior year.”

The trustees also voted to keep tuition for in-state graduate and law students at 2012 levels.

The tuition freeze is part of an overall $522 million system-wide operating budget, which the board approved at the meeting.

The system includes seven universities, eight regional off-campus education centers, a law school, the Cooperative Extension program and numerous research facilities.

The board of trustees also elected Samuel Collins as its new chairman for a one-year term, according to the release.

Collins is president of the S.W. Collins Co. in Caribou and brother to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. He has served on the board since 2010.

Collins’ election as chairman of the board also marks the first time a mother and son have both served as board chair. Patricia Collins, mother to Samuel and Susan, served as a UMS trustee from 1987 to 1997, and as its chair from 1991 to 1994.

Admiral Gregory Johnson of Harpswell, a UMaine graduate, was elected vice chair of the board.

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