Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Student account surcharges anger graduate students this semester - Carly Kempler, Diamondback Online

After the university announced a midyear tuition increase Jan. 16, many graduate students were frustrated with the surcharge on their accounts, said Ellie Howe, Graduate Student Government public relations vice president. The surcharge appeared on students’ accounts Feb. 11, said Howe, a second-year higher education, student affairs and international education policy graduate student. The student account charges ranged from $40 to $100, Howe said. This university’s share of the $40.3 million cut to the University System of Maryland budget is $15.6 million. Raising undergraduate tuition and adding a surcharge for graduate students will generate $4 million toward balancing the cut, according to university President Wallace Loh’s Jan. 16 email to the university community.

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