UM regents extend surcharge

May 02, 1992|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,Staff Writer

Most of a "temporary" tuition surcharge at the University of Maryland System's 11 campuses will remain in effect for another year following action yesterday by the Board of Regents.

At nine campuses, including all in the Baltimore area, tuition next fall will be 13 percent higher than it was last fall.

Because students are currently paying a surcharge and the regents reduced it slightly yesterday, fall semester bills will be slightly smaller than they were this spring. But overall for the year, tuition will be up.

Tuition at the University of Maryland at College Park, the system's flagship campus, will go up 15 percent, while University College, the system's continuing education operation, will see a 6.3 percent increase.

Full-time tuition for Maryland residents at College Park will go up from $1,926 to $2,214. Tuition at Towson State University in Baltimore County will climb from $1,606 to $1,815.

Overall, the board approved a 4 percent increase in base tuition and a 9 percent surcharge to make up for reduced state spending. Unlike a regular increase, which is permanent unless the regents change it, a surcharge must be reauthorized every semester.

Responding to concerns from a handful of students at the meeting, the regents knocked two points off the 11 percent surcharge proposed by UM Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg and endorsed by the system's campus presidents.

With state revenues dropping drastically, the board had imposed a 15 percent surcharge for the current spring semester but vowed to reduce it when the financial situation improved.

When the legislature appropriated some extra money this spring, the regents originally proposed using the funds to ease the tuition burden. But many legislators objected, and the regents were forced to reconsider.

Scott R. Palmer, head of the systemwide student association, said he was pleased that the board reduced the contemplated surcharge, making good on its earlier commitment to scale back the surcharges when finances improved. "It shows the system is acting in good faith," Mr. Palmer said.

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