UMass Out-of-State Tuition Freeze

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On July 20th, 2020, the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees voted to freeze tuition rates for in-state undergraduate and graduate students for the 2020 - 2021 academic year. The UMass President Marty Meehan stated, “Holding the line on tuition is simply the right thing to do this year as so many students and families are facing stress and uncertainty created by an unprecedented national health emergency and economic downturn, that means controlling student charges and supporting financial aid so our students are able to pursue their dream of earning a UMass degree. The financial hardship is NOT limited to Massachusett families, we are experiencing a global hardship. In a time of great health and economic uncertainty, furthering one’s education, an already daunting death, is made to be an even greater risk. Therefore, we the current students of the University of Massachusetts System, and our allies, respectfully request that tuition and fees not be raised in the next academic year for out-of-state undergraduate and graduate students as well. We acknowledge the suffering of all, including the school administration, staff, and faculty. The extra burdens of life have been difficult for all, including us out-of-state students. We all have been affected by our various experiences of relocation, displacement, loss of income, illness, and grief. 

We ask for the University of Massachsetts System to recognize that the impacts of COVID-19 are not limited to the state of Massachsetts and join the numerous other state university systems that have froze tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students.

List of State University Systems that have froze tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students:

New Jersey
South Carolina