We Support Free Public Higher Education in MA

Massachusetts State House and State Senate

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Over the past 15 years, state funding for public higher education fell by 31% per student. Over the same time, tuition and fees went up by $4,000 per year on average at our community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses. In 1979, the state paid for 80% of the UMass system. Now the state only pays for 20%.

Massachusetts must provide a substantial increase in year-to-year operating budgets, funds to address long deferred maintenance of buildings, and a means to ensure stable state funding for public higher education.

All residents of the Commonwealth should be able to afford public higher education, and all costs associated with higher education – from tuition and fees to housing charges and textbook costs – should be made affordable for all.

We support a vision for free public higher education to restore the broken promise that any person who wants to get an education must be able to afford to go to college.

To: Massachusetts State House and State Senate
From: [Your Name]

Over the past 15 years, state funding for public higher education fell by 31% per student. Over the same time, tuition and fees went up by $4,000 per year on average at our community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses. In 1979, the state paid for 80% of the UMass system. Now the state only pays for 20%.

Massachusetts must provide a substantial increase in year-to-year operating budgets, funds to address long deferred maintenance of buildings, and a means to ensure stable state funding for public higher education.

All residents of the Commonwealth should be able to afford public higher education, and all costs associated with higher education – from tuition and fees to housing charges and textbook costs – should be made affordable for all.

We support a vision for free public higher education to restore the broken promise of public higher education and to ensure that any person who wants to get an education can afford to go to college.