Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday that he hopes to hold tuition increases for Maryland residents attending the state's public universities to no more than the 3 percent he has allowed in each of the last three years.
In a meeting with student government leaders from state-supported colleges and universities, O'Malley also expressed distaste for the idea of charging higher tuitions for students in so-called STEM programs -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics. So-called differential tuitions are an idea that has been adopted by some U.S. colleges, and O'Malley gave his answer in response to a question from a student who was concerned that University of Maryland President Wallace Loh was considering such a plan.
The meeting with the governor was proposed by two student government leaders who said they wanted to thank O'Malley for holding tuition costs down since he became governor in 2007. The governor proposed four straight budgets with no increases before allowing rates to rise 3 percent in the three most recent budgets.
The governor met in person with about 18 student leaders at the State House, while others were linked in from remote locations on their campuses.