AUGUSTA — Tuition at the seven-campus Maine Community College System will go up slightly this fall, system trustees voted Wednesday.

The $2-per-credit-hour increase will raise full-time, in-state tuition to $2,700 for the 2014-15 academic year.

“This is a modest increase, but one we wish we did not have to make,” said Chairman Robert Clark. “State appropriations have remained flat in recent years, and the colleges have worked hard to live within very tight budgets. But as costs continue to rise, so does the challenge of maintaining a high-quality, affordable education.”

School officials said tuition and fees at the sytem are the lowest in New England.

The system has campuses in Auburn, Bangor, Fairfield, Presque Isle, South Portland, Calais and Wells and enrolls more than 18,000 students.