UM tuition rise likely to be kept Regents expected to make temporary increase permanent.

April 28, 1992|By Lou Ferrara | Lou Ferrara,Contributing Writer

COLLEGE PARK — An article yesterday incorrectly reported the proposed tuition next year for the University of Maryland at College Park and for Towson State University. The full-year tuition for Maryland residents next fall will be $2,214 at College Park and $1,846 at Towson State, if the Board of Regents approves the administration's proposal at Friday's meeting.

The Evening Sun regrets the error.

COLLEGE PARK -- A temporary 15 percent tuition surcharge to students at the 11 University of Maryland campuses will be made permanent under a new plan expected to win approval from the Board of Regents this week.

In effect, the plan announced in a press release by university regents yesterday would mean students would pay the same amount for the 1992-1993 academic year that is currently in effect.


At the same time, the regents are abandoning other proposed changes in tuition rates that had fluctuated up and down as ripple effects of proposed changes in funding for the university system by state government.

In March, the UM System's regents approved a reduction in a previously announced tuition increase from 16 percent to about 10 percent. That plan followed an allocation of $13.5 million in Gov. William Donald Schaefer's proposed budget to offset increases in tuition.

But when the General Assembly approved the budget earlier this month, the $13.5 million had been cut in half.

The new tuition rates are subject to a vote by the regents Friday at a meeting on the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus.

The spring semester surcharge for in-state students at College Park amounted to $144, and its incorporation into the tuition rate would leave the bill for the coming fall and spring semesters at $2,358 each.

At Towson State University, where the temporary tuition

surcharge was $120 for spring semester, in-state students would continue to pay $1,726 in the fall semester.

Other campuses to be affected are the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; University of Maryland Baltimore County; University of Maryland at Baltimore; the University of Baltimore; Bowie and Coppin State colleges; Salisbury and Frostburg State universities; and University College.

"We're all concerned about the increases in tuition, and we will do whatever we can to reduce it in the future," College Park President William E. Kirwan said.

However, Del. Pauline H. Menes, D-Prince George's, said, "As costs continue to go up, I'm sure that tuition will be going up.

She said the lawmakers cut the money that had been proposed to offset tuition increases because they felt the impact of recent cutbacks to nearly every state-funded service should be distributed more equally.

"The state will provide more money for higher education, but the state will have to ask students for more money as well," she said last night. "The students must bear some of the burden."

Scott R. Palmer, who heads the UM system's student council, said he planned to address the regents about tuition on Friday.

Mr. Palmer, a senior who is a government and politics major at College Park, met with students from other state campuses Sunday at the University of Maryland at Baltimore to discuss the tuition increase.

"A lot of the students complained not about the tuition increase, but the fact that students are paying more and getting less," he said.

Since state budget cuts began hitting state agencies about a year and half ago, more than $100 million has been trimmed from the budgets of UM colleges.

That has caused some students to not be able to get classes they need for graduation because officials do not have the funding to pay enough professors.

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