Student trustees urge Massachusetts Senate to boost UMass funding
Student representatives call on Senate to seize 'historic opportunity'
BOSTON - With the Massachusetts Senate set to begin its budget debate on Wednesday, the UMass student trustees, as the elected representatives of the 70,774 students of the five-campus University of Massachusetts system, today issued the following statement. The Senate Ways and Means Committee last week proposed $455 million in funding for UMass for FY 2014 -- up from this year's $439 million but short of the $478 million proposed by Governor Patrick and approved by the Massachusetts House, which is the funding needed for UMass to go forward with a tuition-and-fee freeze.
Student trustee statement:
We, the elected student Trustees of the UMass system, strongly urge the Massachusetts Senate to approve amendment EDU 337. This amendment would increase funding for UMass to $478 million, the amount proposed by the Governor and approved by the House, so the University can move forward with a freeze in tuition and fees during the upcoming academic year.
We are grateful that President Caret and the University leadership are seeking to strike a balance with the state to reverse a skewed funding formula. In the last decade alone, state appropriations per full-time student for UMass fell by nearly 30 percent -- costs that students and their families must now bear. This is a direction that we must immediately seek to change.
Jennifer Healy, UMass Amherst
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