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UMass Trustees Raise Undergraduate Tuition by 2.5%

In-state undergraduate tuition will rise by an average of $359 per student per year

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University of Massachusetts trustees have voted to raise tuition at the system's four undergraduate campuses by 2.5% for the academic year that starts in the fall.

The trustees in a statement Friday said holding the hike to the rate of inflation would boost in-state undergraduate tuition by an average of $359 per student per year.

"We take seriously our responsibility to maintain affordability for students and ensure budget transparency for all university stakeholders," Board of Trustees Chairman Rob Manning said in a statement.

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition will rise by 3% at the Amherst, Boston and Dartmouth campuses, and by 2% at the Lowell campus.

Across the four undergraduate campuses, tuition will average $14,722 for in-state students.

The tuition vote was originally scheduled for last month but delayed due to uncertainty over the state budget.

The Legislature appropriated $558 million to UMass for the fiscal year that started July 1, a 1% increase over the prior year.

"We will continue to explore ways we can cut costs and operate more efficiently to remain affordable and accessible for students," UMass President Marty Meehan said in a statement.

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