Mass. Senate President asking UMASS to reconsider fee hikes

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BOSTON, Mass. (AP)- Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg is asking the University of Massachusetts to reconsider planned fee hikes.

In a letter to UMass President Marty Meehan, Rosenberg said the UMass board should revisit the increases in light of additional money provided to the five-
campus system in the state budget.

The board voted in June to raise the cost of attending the school system by up to 5 percent for in-state undergraduates, the first increase in three years.

Rosenberg said Thursday the UMass system received $531.8 million for the current fiscal year, a $20.6 million increase over the previous year.

University spokesman Robert Connolly said the system sought $578 million that would have prevented increases in tuition and fees. He said the university could still meet that goal if more money is included in a supplemental budget.

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