May 20, 2013

Maine university tuitions, fees to stay same

The budget calls for net staffing cuts of 103 positions, with University of Southern Maine hit the hardest.

Kennebec Journal staff reports

BANGOR — The University of Maine System's Board of Trustees unanimously approved a budget Monday that will again freeze tuition and fees at the system's seven universities.

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This September 2010 file photo shows the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus. The University of Maine System's Board of Trustees approved a budget Monday that will freeze tuition and cut 78 net jobs.

John Ewing / Staff Photographer

Tuition and fees for 2013-14 will remain at the level set in 2011-12, ranging from $7,300 at the University of Maine at Presque Isle to $10,600 at the University of Maine in Orono for a full-time undergraduate student.

"Our trustees are committed to keeping higher education affordable in Maine," Chancellor James Page said in a prepared statement. "With today's decisions, undergraduate students from Maine who were freshmen in 2012 will be paying the same tuition two years later -- in their junior year. This is, of course, contingent upon the Legislature maintaining flat funding for the system."

The university system's $528 million budget is about $385,000 less than this year's. It projects a 0.3 percent increase in enrollment.

The budget calls for staffing cuts of 103 positions, plus the addition of 25 positions, for a net loss of 78 jobs.

The University of Southern Maine will experience the deepest cuts, with a net loss of 43 jobs.

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