University of Massachusetts President Jack Wilson says the university is facing a $54.5 million budget gap for the next fiscal year and student fees may be raised to close it.
Wilson said Thursday he anticipates a 2 to 3 percent increase in student fees to cover inflation, but a decision on anything beyond that depends on the legislative budget process. He expects a firm announcement on fees by early June.
The Republican of Springfield reports that Wilson was a key speaker at a State house meeting to organize a new caucus of legislators to promote public higher education and work for more state support.
Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed a $429 million budget for the five-campus system for the fiscal year that starts July 1. That's the same amount as this year.
This program aired on February 11, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.