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The Boston Globe


No rise in tuition for state college students

Legislature boosts aid, enabling freeze

For the first time in more than a decade, undergraduates at all Massachusetts public colleges and universities will see no increase in tuition bills this fall, under a state budget that boosts higher education spending by nearly 17 percent.

The sharp increase in funding follows years of waning state support, which has steadily shifted more of the cost of attending college to students and their families. Five years ago, tuition and fees paid for 43 percent of academic programs at the University of Massachusetts, while the state assumed 57 percent. By this year, the percentage had reversed.

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