June 19, 2020

University System of Maryland freezes tuition, room and board, fees

University System of Maryland freezes tuition, room and board, fees


Financial relief is on way for almost 200,000 students who attend Maryland colleges and universities.The University System of Maryland announced Friday that it will freeze tuition and room and board for the 2020-21 academic year at its campuses due to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on higher education.Under the policy, USM will maintain the same tuition and room and board rates that were in place during the recently completed 2019-20 academic year.College campuses across Maryland are all but shut down even as administrations make plans for the fall. They’ll do so with possible cuts in mind.Even with the tuition and fee freezes, the struggle to pay for school remains a challenge for most families.”It’s hard enough as it is,” said Lauren Spiller, a parent of a University of Maryland-Baltimore County student.Spiller said she is grateful for the freeze, but she has bigger worries.”You’re thinking, ‘What am I going to do?'” Spiller said.Spiller is recently unemployed and is reluctant to cosign a federal student loan that will help keep her daughter in school.”You’ve got a mortgage and utilities. Even if you don’t live extravagantly, you have bills and you have to pay them,” Spiller said. “So $15,000, $20,000 a year is just not a possibility. It’s not that you don’t want to contribute, it’s that you really can’t.”There are similar challenges facing other families and a growing number of students, many of whom were forced to leave campus a few months early because of the coronavirus.College administration officials had to pay out refunds and adjust their budgets. For now, there’s plenty of uncertainly as students view college one semester at a time.On a campus-by-campus basis, expect colleges and universities to try and find other ways to ease the financial burden facing so many families.The USM comprises 12 institutions: Bowie State University; Coppin State University; Frostburg State University; Salisbury University; Towson University; the University of Baltimore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; the University of Maryland, College Park; the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and the University of Maryland Global Campus. The USM also includes three regional centers — the Universities at Shady Grove, the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, and the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland — at which USM universities offer upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses.

Financial relief is on way for almost 200,000 students who attend Maryland colleges and universities.

The University System of Maryland announced Friday that it will freeze tuition and room and board for the 2020-21 academic year at its campuses due to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on higher education.

Under the policy, USM will maintain the same tuition and room and board rates that were in place during the recently completed 2019-20 academic year.

College campuses across Maryland are all but shut down even as administrations make plans for the fall. They’ll do so with possible cuts in mind.

Even with the tuition and fee freezes, the struggle to pay for school remains a challenge for most families.

“It’s hard enough as it is,” said Lauren Spiller, a parent of a University of Maryland-Baltimore County student.

Spiller said she is grateful for the freeze, but she has bigger worries.

“You’re thinking, ‘What am I going to do?'” Spiller said.

Spiller is recently unemployed and is reluctant to cosign a federal student loan that will help keep her daughter in school.

“You’ve got a mortgage and utilities. Even if you don’t live extravagantly, you have bills and you have to pay them,” Spiller said. “So $15,000, $20,000 a year is just not a possibility. It’s not that you don’t want to contribute, it’s that you really can’t.”

There are similar challenges facing other families and a growing number of students, many of whom were forced to leave campus a few months early because of the coronavirus.

College administration officials had to pay out refunds and adjust their budgets. For now, there’s plenty of uncertainly as students view college one semester at a time.

On a campus-by-campus basis, expect colleges and universities to try and find other ways to ease the financial burden facing so many families.

The USM comprises 12 institutions: Bowie State University; Coppin State University; Frostburg State University; Salisbury University; Towson University; the University of Baltimore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; the University of Maryland, College Park; the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and the University of Maryland Global Campus. The USM also includes three regional centers — the Universities at Shady Grove, the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, and the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland — at which USM universities offer upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses.



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