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Under Budget Proposal, UMES Could See 3 Percent Tuition Hike

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MARYLAND - Governor Martin O'Malley is proposing another tuition increase in Maryland.

If the proposal passes, schools in the state system would increase their tuition by three percent, as compared to neighboring states like Virginia and Delaware, which have reportedly hiked tuition by over 3.5 percent.

If approved, the average in-state student at University of Maryland Eastern Shore would pay more than $100 dollars than they did last year, but school officials feel the state has made major strides keeping college affordable.

"Many of our students come to us from modest families of modest means and we're very cognizant of that, and we know they work very hard to assemble the finances to come to school here," says Bill Robinson, Director of Public Relations at UMES. "We're confident that once we explain to our students what the needs are they'll understand."

Robinson says colleges statewide have seen a three percent increase in tuition for the past three years.

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