BOSTON (AP) — Fees paid by undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts may be heading up.

The UMass Board of Trustees is expected to consider fee hikes of as much as 8 percent at its meeting next month. The increases could bring combined average tuition and fees for in-state students to $11,900 a year.

UMass officials say support for higher education has been cut in the state budget while the five-campus system is also facing the loss of federal stimulus funds.

Meanwhile, collective bargaining agreements for unionized workers are expected to cost the university system $16.7 million.

Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday defended the union contracts but said UMass and the other state universities could still do more to control expenses.

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Comments (2)
  1. Shadow11d says:

    Hey everybody! let’s jump on the simpleton bandwagon. For anyone to assume or to portray that the union contracts are solely responsible for the increase is mystifying. Major, I mean major concession have been made by all the unions of the university. The front-line employees who are responsible for the day-to-day operations are some of the lowest paid and most overworked, and do their best to provide all the academic support required for every student on campus. In this particular climate of economic uncertainty, it is very easy to blame the public employee unions.
    The spidery web of the deceitful, Machiavellian interlocking monetary marriage between Big Business and corrupt unethical politicians in this “pay to play board-room game” where the fox guards the henhouse unfortunately leaves everyone but the positional power-brokers losers. If they can get you to ask the wrong questions, they don’t have to give you the right answers.

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