AMID A welcome revival of state support for higher education, Massachusetts is nonetheless sowing the seeds of a two-tiered system. As the UMass system receives enough funding to freeze student fees for an unprecedented second straight year, less-generous funding is forcing many other state universities to raise them.
From Salem State University on the North Shore to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the Berkshires, fees are going up, in some cases between $400 and $500 per student. “It’s not at a crisis level this year, but I am alarmed for the next two or three years if costs keeps escalating,” said Fitchburg State president Robert Antonucci. “If more students go into debt, that starts closing the door.”