Stop Another Year of Tuition & Fee Increases
Email your State Senator using this action tool!
The Massachusetts House budget proposal released on April 10th underfunds public colleges and universities by over $50 million for the 2017-2018 academic year, passing on huge cost increases to students and families.
BUT the State Senate can still take action to stop cost increases or budget cuts.
You can find your state senator's phone number at malegislature.gov.
Don't know what to say? Here's a draft script:
Hello. I am constituent of Senator (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.
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 community colleges, like BCC, already cost thousands of dollars a year. 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 community colleges 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 Senate budget. You can find the correct budget line-item numbers in House Budget Amendment #324 or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.