Gov. Deval L. Patrick Wednesday said he would do his "very best' to provide a second straight $40 million increase for the University of Massachusetts system to again freeze tuition and fees for students.
UMass President Robert L. Caret on Wednesday announced that the five-campus system will ask the governor to approve $519 million for the university in the state budget for the next fiscal year. That would be a $40 million hike to match this year's increase, which Caret said was the largest in the university's history.
"I'm going to do my very best," Patrick said in a phone interview with The Republican when asked if he would include the money sought by Caret in the governor's version of the budget to be unveiled late next month. "We owe it to this generation and generations to come - socially, educationally and economically -- to make sure public higher education is affordable."