UMS trustees vote to freeze tuition for 4th consecutive year

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ORONO, Maine (AP) — University of Maine System trustees have voted to freeze in-state tuition for a fourth consecutive year, the longest-running tuition freeze in the history of the public university system.

The vote on Monday follows a resolution adopted in March and freezes in-state tuition at 2013 levels if the budget is approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Paul LePage.

In 2012, university system officials and the state agreed to keep funding the state's seven universities at their current level in exchange for the schools holding tuition levels flat. The system was founded in 1969.

Paul Nelson, student representative on the board, says the university system "dedication to keeping college affordable is unparalleled."

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