In a recent press release it was announced The University of Maine System board of trustees has voted to continue a tuition freeze for in-state, undergraduate students—keeping tuition at 2012 levels for the upcoming fall semester.

This marks the first time since 1985-87 that there has been no increase in in-state, undergraduate tuition for two consecutive years.  Annual tuition and mandatory fees for in-state students range from $10,600 at UMaine, the System’s flagship campus in Orono, to $7,300 at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  The tuition rates are contingent on the State maintaining flat appropriation for the System in fiscal year 2014.

“Our trustees are committed to keeping higher education affordable in Maine,” explained Chancellor James H. Page. “With today’s decision, undergraduate students from Maine who were freshmen in 2012 will be paying the same tuition two years later—in their junior year. This is, of course, contingent upon the Legislature maintaining flat funding for the System.”

In another tuition-related decision, trustees kept tuition for in-state graduate and law students at the previous year’s level.