Tuition to rise on all UM campuses : UMBC leads way with 19% increase to $2,600 a year

November 01, 1992|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,University of Maryland SystemStaff Writer

Maryland education officials last week approved midyear tuition rises for seven state schools as well as significant tuition increases at all 11 University of Maryland System campuses for the 1993-1994 school year.

The largest increase for undergraduates will come at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where tuition will climb from the $2,174 that had been planned for this year to $2,600 for next year -- a 19 percent jump.

As recently as last May, the Board of Regents had hoped to keep the 1993-1994 tuition increases to 4 percent. But a cut of $24 million in state aid last summer gave the regents little choice.

After the midyear increases are added to students' bills for the coming spring semester, tuition for 1993-1994 will go up by another 4 percent for full-time students from Maryland. Increases for out-of-state students will be even higher.

Many students are grumbling about paying more,

"A lot of people are barely making it back to school this semester because of the recession," said Katina Byrd, a junior at Towson State University.

"Raising tuition isn't helping matters any," she said.

Next fall, Towson State students will pay 15 percent more than they paid this semester.

Towson students have gathered several hundred signatures on a petition protesting tuition increases that students think are indirectly subsidizing research programs at the system's freestanding research institutions, such as the Maryland Biotechnology Institute.

Advocates for the system's teaching institutions recently battled with supporters of the research institutions to influence the size of the budget cuts imposed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer. Towson State took the largest cut of any teaching institution.

Some students are philosophical about the increases. "I'm sad for us, but if they need it, I guess they have to do it," said Joy Goggins, a 20-year-old junior at Salisbury State University.

"I'd rather have me pay some higher school tuition than have them take it from Social Security or Medicaid."

TUITIONS FOR FULL-TIME MARYLAND RESIDENTS

State... ... ... ... ... ...Current... ... Spring '93... ... '93-'94

School.. ... ... ... ... ...Tuition... ... Increase.... .... Increase

Bowie State University . ...$1,815.... ... ... $0... ... ... .. 182

Coppin State College ... ... 1,780.... ... .... 0... ... ... ... 72

Frostburg State University ..1,794.... ... .... 0... ... ... .. 226

Salisbury State University ..1,816... .... ... 90... ... ... .. 182

Towson State University .... 1,814... .... .. 110... ... ... .. 162

University of Baltimore .... 2,000... .... .. 100... ... ... .. 210

University College... ... .. * 135... ... .... 10... ... ... ... 10

UM Baltimore County . ... ...2,174... ... ... 110... ... ... .. 316

UM College Park ... ..... ...2,214... ... ... 125... ... ... .. 225

UM Eastern Shore .. .... ....2,015... ... .... 61... ... ... .. 146

UM at Baltimore

Medical School... ... ... 9,720... ... ... .. 0... ... ... ... 0

DDS Program ... ... ... ..8,362... ... ... .. 0... ... ... ... 0

Law School... ... ... ... 6,170... ... ... .. 0... ... ... ..847

School of Social Work ... 3,408... ... ... .. 0... ... ... ..340

* Tuition is charged per credit hour

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