UB seeks no increase in tuition next year

Other state universities propose annual raises ranging from 3% to 4%

August 27, 1999|By Michael Hill | Michael Hill,SUN STAFF

The University of Baltimore plans no increase in its undergraduate tuition next year while all the other schools in the University System of Maryland will call for price increases of 3 percent to 4 percent.

According to figures presented to the finance committee of the Board of Regents yesterday, full-time in-state students at the University of Baltimore on Mount Royal Avenue will continue to pay $3,542 in the 2000-2001 school year. The tuition rates are expected to be approved by the full Board of Regents at its meeting today.

"Over the years, there have been some substantial tuition increases," said Donald Paddy, UB vice president of finance. "We thought somebody should take the lead in cutting off these increases, so we took a look at the budget and thought we could do it."

Two years ago, Gov. Parris Glendening asked the state's public colleges to limit tuition increases to 4 percent. The University of Baltimore, like most schools, has come up against that limit, instituting 4 percent increases in the past two years. Before Glendening's dictum, most state schools had yearly tuition increases of 7 percent or 8 percent.

"Glendening has been very generous to higher education and this [holding the tuition line] was a way we could show that," Paddy said.

UB President H. Mebane Turner said affordable tuition is critical to the students his school attracts.

"Our mission always has been to provide an affordable education to adult and working class students," he said. "We believe it is important to keep our tuition reasonable so all these students can continue their education."

The University of Baltimore's tuition remains third-highest among schools in the state university system, but there is a change at the top. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County will become the costliest school next year.

Currently, UMBC tuition is $4 a year less than that at the University of Maryland, College Park. But UMBC is raising its tuition 4 percent, while UMCP is limiting its increase to 3 percent. UMBC will be $34 more expensive in the 2000-2001 school year -- $4,206 to UMCP's $4,172. With mandatory fees included, the gap between the two schools is larger -- a total cost of $5,490 at UMBC, compared with $5,136 at UMCP.

Coppin State College is the only other school seeking a 3 percent increase, while Frostburg State University's new tuition would be 3.9 percent higher. The University of Maryland University College plans a 3.8 percent increase. All the other schools are asking for a 4 percent boost.

The finance committee failed to draw a quorum at its meeting yesterday but will report to the Board of Regents today that the sense of the committee is to approve these tuition rates.

Higher cost of higher education

Proposed undergraduate tuition at schools in the University System of Maryland for 2000-2001:

School Current Proposed % increase

UM, Baltimore County $4,046 $4,206 4

UM, College Park $4,050 $4,172 3

University of Baltimore $3,542 $3,542 0

Towson University $3,332 $3,466 4

Frostburg State University $3,216 $3,342 3.9

Salisbury State University $2,972 $3,092 4

Bowie State University $2,828 $2,941 4

UM, Eastern Shore $2,680 $2,787 4

Coppin State College $2,571 $2,648 3

Note -- At the University of Maryland, University College charges for an undergraduate credit hour would rise from $184 to $191, a 3.8 percent increase.

Source -- University System of Maryland

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