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UMass to seek $519 million in state funding

University of Massachusetts will seek $519 million in state funding for the next school year — which would advance the university’s quest for students and taxpayers to split the cost of running the university system and allow for tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates to be frozen for a second year.

“With this request, we are asking the commonwealth to maintain its position as a national leader in restoring funding for public higher education,” UMass President Robert L. Caret said at a Board of Trustees’ Committee on Administration and Finance meeting in Boston.

Caret noted that this year’s freeze has significantly improved the university’s affordability.

The five-campus $519 million state funding request is $40 million more than the current appropriation.

Based on a proposal from Gov. Deval Patrick and as a result of the support of the House and Senate, UMass received a $40 million funding increase during the current fiscal year — the largest budget increase in the university’s history.

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