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Salisbury University Increases Tuition

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SALISBURY, Md. -- Tuition at Salisbury University has been increased by two percent as the University System of Maryland Board of Regents approved a tuition hike for several Maryland colleges Jan. 16.

Students will need to pay an extra $62 on top of the tuition they may have already paid for the 2015 spring semester that begins Monday Jan.

The tuition hike is just one consequence of the school system's $40 million budget cut made by the state's Public Works department.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will not see an tuition increase but a hiring freeze will be in effect through June 30.

SU is one of four Maryland colleges that are increasing tuition, along with Towson University, Frostburg University and University of Maryland, College Park.

Many SU students will be affected negatively by the unexpected mid-year tuition hike including sophmore Samuel Pincus.

"I can't get any government funding which means now I only can use just loans at this point and whatever money I make," said Pincus who works part time at a Subway near campus.

"So I have to take a break this semester so I can go ahead and come back next semester," he said.

It's an obstacle Pincus said will prolong his stay at SU.

"I come from a poor family and I have to pay my own way to get into college. With the tuition increase, it's kind of becoming an impossibility," said Pincus lamenting.

But other SU students see themselves as fortunate since the tuition increase won't directly affect their finances.

"Honestly I don't know how to react because I don't pay my own tuition," said Bill James an undeclared student. "I mean, I was fortunate enough to be born to parents who are able to pay my own tuition without having problems."

New Jersey native A.J. Esposito is in a similar position as his parents also pay out-of-state tuition for his education degree.

"It's not like it's a huge dollar amount at least compared to what I pay," said Esposito. "It's really nothing crazy but the short notice definitely could hurt some people."

However minimal the increase may seem to some, it's just another financial hurdle to overcome on the path to higher education.
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