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In-state tuition at Maryland public universities might rise 2 percent next year

April 15th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Students at Maryland's public colleges would see their tuition rise by hundreds of dollars next school year under a proposal that's expected to win approval Friday.

The board of regents for the University System of Maryland, which includes 12 of the state's public universities, is scheduled to vote on the proposed rate hike. Tuition would increase 2 percent for in-state students and 3 percent for out-of-state students.

Gov. Larry Hogan included the increases in his annual budget, which the General Assembly approved during the session that ended Monday, but the proposal must be approved by the regents.

Tuition had been frozen at Maryland's public universities for several years — a move that was applauded during the recession and then reversed as some worried that it hampered growth and stalled university and academic improvements.

The proposal would be the smallest annual increase since the tuition freeze was lifted in 2010.

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