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Mass. state university students face fee hikes

July 2, 2012
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BOSTON—Students at eight of Massachusetts' nine state universities can expect to pay more to attend school next fall.

The universities have approved fee hikes averaging about 6 percent.

The increases are even higher than the nearly 5 percent fee increases approved for the seperate University of Massachusetts system.

College affordability advocates say the increases add to the financial burden on low-income students.

University officials tell The Boston Globe (http://bo.st/NVThOH) that a decline in state funding has left them with no other option.

The eight state universities raising fees for the 2012-2013 academic year are: Bridgewater State, Fitchburg State, Framingham State, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Mass. Maritime, Salem State, and Worcester State.

Only Westfield State has not yet approved hikes.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe

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