UMass students urge senators to boost funding
BOSTON (AP) -- UMass student trustees are calling on the state Senate to boost funding for the university so tuition and fees will not have to be increased in the next academic year.
Democrats are expected to hold a caucus on Tuesday in advance of debate scheduled to begin Wednesday on a proposed $34 billion state budget.
The spending plan unveiled by the Senate Ways and Means Committee last week provides $455 million for the UMass system.
University officials say a higher figure of $478 million proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick and later approved in the House would allow for a freeze in tuition and fees.
Student trustees from the five UMass campuses issued a statement on Monday urging lawmakers to seize what they called an "historic opportunity" to rein in the costs of higher education.