National Council of Teachers of English Logo
Reports from Policy Analysts

Massachusetts college students ask for more funding and free tuition for a year

Submitted On: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Analyst: Poe, Mya

March 1, 2017: Massachusetts college students gathered at the Statehouse to ask lawmakers for additional higher education funding in order to reduce student tuition and fees. The average student loan taken out in 2014 by a Massachusetts student was $29,000.

Although the Baker administration put forth a 1.2% percent increase in higher education funding in its FY2018 budget, critics argue that the budget has fallen by $200 million since 2001 levels. In the FY2018 budget, for example, UMass received $516 million but requested $555 million. State universities received $252 million but requested $270 million, and community colleges received $278 million but requested $290 million.

In addition to increased funding, advocates support H.639/S.712, called the Finish Line Grant, that would provide one year of free tuition and fees after a student's first year at a two- or four-year public college or university, as long as the student's family income is below $125,000 a year.

Sources:

Schoenberg, Shira. "Massachusetts college students ask for more funding for higher ed, free tuition for a year" http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/03/college_students_ask_for_more.html. 1 Mar 2017

"What is the Finish Line Grant" http://phenomonline.org/finish-line-grant-legislation/

Academic Level

Higher Education

State

Massachusetts

Document and Site Resources

Share This On:

Page Tools:

Join NCTE Today

Copyright

Copyright © 1998-2017 National Council of Teachers of English. All rights reserved in all media.

1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, Illinois 61801-1096 Phone: 217-328-3870 or 877-369-6283

Looking for information? Browse our FAQs, tour our sitemap and store sitemap, or contact NCTE

Read our Privacy Policy NEW! Statement and Links Policy. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use

Visit us on:
Facebook Twitter Linked In Pinterest Instagram