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Maryland public universities raising tuition about 2% for in-state students and 5% for those out-of-state

The University System of Maryland will increase tuition next year by an average of 2 percent for in-state students and as much as 5 percent for out-of-state students at Maryland’s public universities and colleges.

The system’s Board of Regents voted unanimously Friday to approve the tuition hikes.

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The regents have been raising tuition across the system at about the same rate for the past several years, following then-Gov. Martin O’Malley’s four-year tuition freeze beginning in 2007. The state allowed tuition increases to resume after the recession ended.

For undergraduates who are residents of Maryland, tuition will increase an average of 2%, although it will vary slightly by institution. The tuition at University of Maryland, College Park is now $8,651 per year for an in-state student, and it will rise $173 next year.

“The first priority is to make the state universities as affordable as possible for in-state residents while also offering students who come from out-of-state a good value to pursue their education at good universities,” said Mike Lurie, a spokesman for the university system.

Students who come from out of state will see tuition increase as much as a 5% next year, depending on which school they attend. The largest increases in out-of-state tuition will come at College Park and Towson University, where it will go up 5%. At College Park, the increase will take tuition to $34,936 a year, up $1,664 a year. At Towson, tuition for non-state residents is rising $1,004 to about $21,000.

Prioir increases in out-of-state tuition have been below 5%.

“While more than 75 percent of University of Maryland undergraduates are from Maryland, there is an uptick in applications from out of state,” said Joel Seligman, a university spokesman, in an email. “Increasing tuition for out-of-state students allows us to invest in academic programs, financial aid, and other priorities.”

The university system projects that it will receive an additional $66.3 million in revenues from tuition and fees, a 3.7% increase.

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