BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--For the first time in 25 years, tuition will not increase for undergraduate students who attend any of the schools in the University of Maine system.
According to Vice Chancellor Rebecca Wyke, the decision came after several months of discussion amongst the University of Maine System Trustees.
"We went from some eight and 10 percent increases five years ago down to just 4.3 percent last year, but the boards action is very consistent with where Maine family income is and it reflects their understanding of the difficult financial times that we're in," Wyke said.
According to Wyke, the decision to freeze tuition was not an easy one for the Trustees.
"It's going to challenge the campuses because they're already facing a budget gap that they're going to have to close," Wyke said. "This is not going to be easy. The board has had this as a discussion item item for a few months now, and part of what I was charged with was figuring out how would they achieve it, but also insure that campuses had some relief."
Wyke also said the University of Maine Board of Trustees will meet again next year to discuss what the cost of tuition will be for the 2013 school year.