AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The Senate Ways and Means Panel is proposing to freeze tuition and fees for UMass students for the next academic year.
Despite preventing an increase in tuition for students, UMass officials are calling this proposal “devastating.” University officials are saying this proposal does not include the necessary funds to support a tuition freeze.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee recommended funding the five-campus system at roughly $558 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
UMass President Marty Meehan said the funding is about $10.2 million below the level that would allow a freeze in tuition for in-state undergraduates next year. Meehan said that without that funding, tuition will likely rise 2.5 percent. He also said it would also force $22 million dollars in budget reductions on the campus.
The last time UMass had a tuition freeze was in 2013 and that lasted for two years.