BOSTON - In a letter sent to University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan, Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) requested that UMass Trustees revisit a fee increase in light of additional money for the UMass system provided in the budget. The Trustees recently approved a fee increase of up to 5% for the upcoming academic year. Their proposal would mean an increase of about $900 for in-state undergraduate students at UMass Amherst.
“The administration at UMass has been working hard to rein in costs and improve efficiency, but I’ve talked to students at UMass who are working two or three part-time jobs to scrape together enough money to stay in school. For them, $900 could put their future at the university in jeopardy. I hope that by working together, we can find a way to help these students.” said Rosenberg, adding “This is about income inequality. Working families are remortgaging their homes and spending their retirement savings to send their kids to school. We need to ensure we’re making it easier for them, not harder.”