BANGOR — The University of Maine System’s board of trustees unanimously approved a budget Monday that will again freeze tuition and fees at the system’s seven universities.

Tuition and fees for 2013-14 will remain at the level set in 2011-12, ranging from $7,300 at the University of Maine at Presque Isle to $10,600 at the University of Maine in Orono for a full-time undergraduate student.

“Our trustees are committed to keeping higher education affordable in Maine,” Chancellor James Page said in a statement. “With today’s decisions, undergraduate students from Maine who were freshmen in 2012 will be paying the same tuition two years later — in their junior year. This is, of course, contingent upon the Legislature maintaining flat funding for the system.”

Tuition at the University of Maine at Augusta will remain at $217 per credit hour, which translates to $7,448 in tuition and fees for a full-time undergraduate.

The university system’s $528 million budget is about $385,000 lower than this year’s. It projects a 0.3 percent increase in enrollment.

The budget calls for staffing cuts of 103.04 positions, plus the addition of 25.05 positions, for a net loss of 77.99 jobs.

UMA will experience a net loss of 14.83 jobs. The University of Southern Maine in Portland will experience the deepest cuts, with a net loss of 43 jobs.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.