University System of Maryland colleges are likely to face "modest" tuition increases next year because of the recession, according to Chancellor William Kirwan.
"In this fiscal time, yes, we may see some modest increase in tuition," Kirwan said last week.
Maryland has enjoyed a three-year tuition freeze for in-state undergraduate students at public universities. Before the freeze, the University System of Maryland raised tuition by as much as 33 percent between 2002 and 2004, because of budget deficits and declining state funding.
Under the freeze, Maryland went from being the state with the sixth-highest, in-state tuition nationally to the 16th, and Gov. Martin O'Malley hopes to keep moving down the list, Kirwan said.
Maintaining a tuition freeze "is going to be a challenge," he said.
But, he said, "I don't think there's any prospect we will return to double-digit tuition increases ... If there is an increase in tuition, it will be what we all consider a modest level."