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Tuition Hiked at Maine Community Colleges
05/25/2013 6:00 AM ET  

Maine Community College System Trustees have authorized a $2-per-credit-hour tuition increase at the state's seven community colleges, effective this fall.

AUGUSTA, Maine _ For a full-time, in-state student, tuition will increase sixty dollars next year to $2,640 dollars.

While enrollment at the schools has grown 25 percent in the past five years, their state appropriation has increased only 2.4 percent. MCCS President John Fitzsimmons said officials felt it necessary to bring in some additional revenue to help run the colleges at the level students expect. At the same time he said the system is working very hard to hold true to a promise.

"Maine has the lowest incomes in New England and so we've agreed to keep our tuitions the of any institution in New England as long as maine incomes don't increase," said Fitzsimmons.

Nearly 19,000 students are currently enrolled in Maine's seven community colleges.

Monday, University of Maine System trustees voted to freeze tuition rates for the upcoming school year at 2012 levels for in-state, undergraduate students.


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