Maine Community Colleges freeze tuition

5:23 PM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The best deal in higher education in all of New England is the Maine Community College System.

Today the board of trustees voted to keep it that way. Members voted unanimously to keep tuition and fees at their current level for next year.It marks the 8th time in the last 14-years that the board has frozen the tuition.

To attend one of the 7 schools in the Maine Community College System it costs an average of 33-hundred dollars a year in tuition and fees.

System officials say a survey they conducted showed that even a minimal increase of 5-dollars per credit, or about 150-dollars a year, would result in nearly a quarter of its students leaving school.

"When you raise tuition what happens is the full time students become part-time and part time drop out and in the end you really haven't served maine well or the people", said John Fitzsimmons, President of the system.

The decision to freeze the tuition was not an easy one. The system is getting 660-thousand dollars less is state funding next year.

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