May 23, 2018
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UM System trustees eye 5.7 percent tuition hike

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — University of Maine System trustees on Monday will take up a proposal to raise tuition for full-time undergraduate students by an average of 5.7 percent in the coming academic year.

The meeting will be held from 8 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. in the system office at 16 Central St., Bangor. The meeting is open to the public.

After this year’s 10.8 percent tuition jump, the university pledged last fall to hold increases to a systemwide average of 6 percent.

University system spokesman John Diamond told the Kennebec Journal on Thursday that “tuition increases are the revenue sources of last resort.” He said that in light of the bad economy, the campuses are making significant cuts in their budgets to hold down tuition.

Under the proposal, University of Maine students would pay $7,590, a 5.9 percent increase. At the University of Southern Maine, tuition would total $6,930, a hike of 6 percent.

Trustees also are expected Monday to recommend the continuation of Richard L. Pattenaude as the system’s chancellor.

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