O’Malley calls for tuition hike
Gov. Martin O’Malley is calling for a 3 percent increase in college tuition.
In last month’s State of the State Address, O’Malley introduced a $39 billion budget that aims to eliminate the state’s structural deficit without additional tax burdens.
Despite the increase, Maryland’s higher education costs will continue to rank low compared to other states.
“Our state has done more than any other state to hold down the cost of college education,” O’Malley said in the address.
Early in his administration, O’Malley froze in-state tuition for four years in order to maintain college affordability.
However, over the past few years, Maryland tuition rates have increased by 8 percent.
By contrast, O’Malley’s predecessor, Robert Ehrlich, saw tuition increase by about 40 percent during his administration.
Ray Feldmann, University’s Director of Communications, provided the following statement on behalf of the University.
“We applaud the governor’s efforts to continually support higher education funding. The proposed FY ’15 budget funds our mandatory costs, along with a modest tuition increase,” the statement read.
However, not everyone is backing the proposal.
Sophomore Ashit Rebeiro said he doesn’t understand why tuition is going to increase when the cost is so high right now.
“[The tuition increase] is blasphemous because many people can’t afford college and have loans out already,” he said.
The increase falls short of the 5 percent that the University System of Maryland, the governing body of 12 state schools including Towson, requested.
The current estimated tuition cost for Maryland residents at Towson is $8,342 annually, and $20,020 for out-of-state.