- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Students across the University of Massachusetts system are likely to face higher tuition after the board of trustees meets.

Trustees are scheduled to meet at the medical school on Worcester on Thursday to discuss the issue.

A system spokesman says the board is being forced to consider tuition hikes because the system was unable to secure the level of state funding it had hoped for the new fiscal year. The system is facing an $85 million budget shortfall.

System President Marty Meehan has already gone on the record as saying students could face tuition hikes of 5 to 8 percent, which chancellors at the individual campuses given some leeway on the exact amount.

In addition to the medical school, the system operates campuses in Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth and Lowell.

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