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Statement from President Maloney on FY15 State Budget

July 1, 2014
By: WSU News

“Worcester State University is gratified to see that the State Legislature has backed a second year of increased funding for us and for all of the public higher education institutions in the Commonwealth. The new funding will allow Worcester State to keep the momentum we have achieved in recent years: keeping class sizes small ​by retaining and hiring faculty; ensuring that we are improving on student success measures; and providing a vibrant campus life that engages students.

“The conference committee’s support for additional funding for state-based financial aid – a resource many of our students need in order to attend and stay enrolled – is welcome news, and sustained funding for the internship incentive program will help ensure that more of our students gain the real-world experience many jobs require in order to hire our graduates.

“The state universities joined with community colleges and the University of Massachusetts system last year in advocating for a three-year ’50-50′ plan to bring all campuses up to a level of state support that meets half of the cost of educating students, lessening the financial burden on students and their families. The FY15 figure for state universities does not quite meet that level of support, therefore students will need to pay a fee increase next year of $255. This represents a 3.1% increase in cost from last year’s $8,157 figure for in-state students.

“The Massachusetts State Universities–including Worcester State–look forward to working with the State Legislature going forward to achieve the ’50-50′ plan for all Commonwealth residents wishing to attend in-state public higher education. Doing so will permit Worcester State to hold academic fees level in the future.”

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