University of Maine system will keep tuition flat for Maine students, thanks to state support

ORONO — Maine students attending public universities in the state will see no tuition increases next year and many will be able to attend without paying tuition and fees out of pocket.

Governor Janet Mills signed a state supplemental budget last week — passed the day before by the Maine Legislative Assembly — that provides $7.9 million in one-time funding to offset student tuition increases. undergraduate and graduate studies scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Thanks to strong fiscal stewardship by University of Maine system leaders and state support, this will be the seventh time in a decade that the state’s public universities will hold tuition at a stable level. .

The system has become a national leader in college access and affordability, with tuition as a percentage of Maine’s per capita income declining every year since fiscal year 2013. Eligible Maine students at four UMS universities – University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine at Fort Kent, University of Maine at Machias and University of Maine at Près Isle – pay no tuition and fees, and the R1- Designated University of Maine is the New England’s most affordable flagship research university.

“Maine’s public universities are more affordable than ever, and the high-quality teaching and research learning they offer is the most proven route to social mobility and a well-paying career in the workforce. work of Maine,” said UMS Chancellor Dannel Malloy. “We thank the Legislature and Governor Mills for their investment in our students, which will generate a strong return on their future, as well as that of Maine’s employers and economy. »

UMS students applauded the extra credit, which will save 2022-23 full-time enrollees up to $582.

“The cost of everything has gone up these days,” Nicole Caddell, a Bridgewater student enrolled in the UMFK nursing program offered at UMPI, said last month. “By providing the university funding so it can maintain the same price next year, it will be easier for me to stay in school so I can finish my nursing degree and not have to take out loans. students who would be hard pressed to pay back here in the county.

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The enacted supplementary state budget, which had strong bipartisan support, also includes the investments needed to modernize the system’s aging infrastructure without burdening students and expanding academic research and development that directly grows the economy. of Maine.

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