Stop Tuition & Fee Increases at Massachusetts Public Colleges

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Email your State Rep and Senator using this action tool!

The Massachusetts Senate budget proposal improves on the Massachusetts House and Governor Baker's proposals by over $40 million for the 2017-2018 academic year, limiting the possibility of even more huge cost increases for students and families at community colleges, state universities, and UMass.

BUT the State House and Governor Baker can still cut funding and cause a large tuition and fee increase.



You can find your state senator and representative's phone number at malegislature.gov.

Don't know what to say? Here's a draft script:

Hello. I am constituent of Senator/Representative (Blank), and I am calling regarding funding for public colleges and universities in the 2018 budget.

The Massachusetts Legislature has cut state funding for public higher education by 31% per student since 2001, causing thousands of dollars in tuition and fee increases for working students. Both Governor Baker's budget proposal and the House budget proposal underfund public colleges and universities by over $50 million and would cause yet another tuition and fee hike at our 29 public campuses.

The Senate budget proposal only underfunds public colleges and universities by $10 million, a $40 million improvement that could prevent a tuition and fee increase next year.

Meanwhile, our neighbors in New York passed
four years of tuition-free public college this year.

Students and families are going to face the heavy burden of a tuition and fee increase next year. Our public colleges and universities already cost thousands of dollars a year just for tuition and fees. That makes it difficult to go to school, work, and support myself and my family. We cannot afford even higher costs this year.

Faculty and staff at our public colleges and universities already face cuts, and adjunct faculty do not receive equal pay for equal work. Yet another year of underfunding will make these and other problems even worse.

Please fully fund our public colleges and universities in the final FY2018 budget. You can find the correct budget line-item numbers in House Budget Amendment #324 or by contacting info@phenomonline.org.