UM system considering tuition boost

October 27, 1992|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,Staff Writer

Students at most University of Maryland system campuses would see their spring tuition bills increased by 6 percent to 12 percent under a proposal now pending before the system's Board of Regents.

The largest percentage increase would be at Towson State University, where full-time students from Maryland would see their spring tuition bills go up by $110 -- or 12.2 percent for the semester. Full-time Towson students from outside the state would face a 15 percent increase in the spring tuition.

The midyear increases proposed by UM Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg would raise about $6 million to help offset $24 million in state budget cuts. Institutions in the UM system would have to come up with the rest of the money through layoffs, furloughs or other cost-saving measures.

"As we have tried to juggle among the institutions the consequences of the reduction in general funds, it simply became necessary that our students be asked to bear some fraction of it," Dr. Langenberg said. "It is, simply, a fraction, not the whole thing."

The tuition increases will be considered by the regents at their meeting Friday, when the board also is scheduled to discuss a proposal for raising tuition in the 1993-94 academic year as well. Information about next year's increases was not available last night.

Tuition increases are becoming a familiar phenomenon in a system hit by repeated budget cuts. The board last May imposed a 11 percent increase in tuition for the current school year.

Under Dr. Langenberg's proposal, spring tuition at UM College Park, the system's flagship campus, would go from $1,107 to 1,232 -- a rise of 11.2 percent -- for full-time stu

dents from Maryland. Non-residents, who already pay more than $7,800 a year, would face the same $125 spring increase.

Four of the system's 11 schools -- Bowie State University, Coppin State College, Frostburg State University and University of Maryland at Baltimore -- would absorb their budget cuts without raising tuition.

At the University of Baltimore, which faces a 10 percent spring increase, President H. Mebane Turner said he believed that students would support the increase "to maintain the quality of their education."

"We're looking at 10 percent," said Dr. Turner. "That sounds like a lot. But you have to remember that public institutions are still a bargain."

Full-time students at the University of Maryland Baltimore County would see an increase of $110 in their spring tuition bills, a 10.2 percent increase for Maryland residents.

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