UMass Board of Trustees OKs In-State Tuition Freeze

All in-state and most out-of-state students at University of Massachusetts campuses will have their tuition frozen during the upcoming academic year.

UMass will not be hiking tuition for students.
UMass will not be hiking tuition for students. Photo Credit: \Wikipedia/Eraboin

On Wednesday, April 14, the UMass Board of Trustees voted to approve President Marty Meehan’s proposal, which will mark the second-straight year that tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduate and graduate students were frozen.

“We recognize the very real challenges that our students and their families continue to face due to the pandemic and we are committed to doing everything within our control to lessen the burden while also preserving the quality of a UMass education,” Meehan said in a statement.

All four campuses - Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell - will have tuition rates that remain unchanged for in-state students. Out-of-state students will also have their tuition rates frozen on each campus besides Amherst.

“That is also why we have prioritized setting our tuition rates earlier this year, so that we can provide some predictability to our students and families during an otherwise unpredictable year," Meehan added.

According to school officials, “the net price of a UMass education – price minus financial aid – remains consistent with other New England public land-grant universities and 31 percent below peer private institutions.”

UMass tuition ranges from $13,833 a year for in-state students at Dartmouth to $15,791 for in-state students at Amherst. The average in-state undergraduate tuition at UMass, before financial aid, equates to $14,722 over each of the past two years

“This freeze was made possible by the active management of university finances at the system and campus levels,” UMass Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Manning said. “The decisions made over the last year have ensured that the university will emerge from the pandemic in a strong, stable financial condition.”

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