UMass trustees vote to hike tuition by 5.8 percent

BOSTON (AP) - The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees has voted to hike tuition at the five-campus system by 5.8 percent for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The hike will result in an average tuition increase of about $756 this year for in-state undergraduate students.

UMass president Marty Meehan said the goal of the increase is to preserve what he called the quality of education at the UMass system that the citizens of Massachusetts need and expect.

The new tuition rates were approved Thursday on an 11-2 vote.

Tuition, across the system, will now average $13,862 for in-state undergraduate students.

Meehan said the university is facing a $3.5 million reduction in its state appropriation for the current fiscal year at a time when he said the system is experiencing significant expense pressures.

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