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UMaine Tuition Variation Noted in California Op-Ed

A tuition variation at the University of Maine and at many other universities was cited in an opinion piece in the University of California, San Diego newspaper, The Guardian about a Florida recommendation that a task force should study whether that state should reduce tuition for strategic areas of interest, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and health-related majors. The editorial noted that many institutions, including UMaine, place a surcharge on some engineering courses to cover extra program and equipment costs. The editorial suggests lowering the costs of technology or health-related courses would affect an institution’s bottom line, which could cause tuition increases for other majors, while not necessarily increasing student interest in those strategic courses.

Contact: George Manlove, 207.581.3756

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