Higher Education in Maryland
Financial Aid
Career and Workforce Education
Publications
Press Room

> Legislative Testimony
Press Releases
> 2009
> 2008
> 2007
> 2006

Higher Education Accomplishments
Preparing for College
Online Services
For Students and Parents
> Financial Aid Applications
> Education Opportunities
> Academic Common Market
> Career Training
> MD CAPS (Student Inquiry)
> Advisor Tools
> Student Outreach Kit
> Veterans Benefits
> "Money for College" Events
> Student Guide to Transfer
> Guia para estudiantes (pdf)
For Counselors
>   Planning & Academic Affairs
> Colleges & Universities
> Education Search
> Academic Approval Process
> Programs Under Review
> Research
> Institutional Grants
> MD Fire-Rescue Education
> Career Training
For Counselors
>   Who We Are
> Contact Us
> Meetings
> State Plan for Higher Ed
> Office for Civil Rights Report 
> Advisory Council
Interagency Initiatives 
Base Realignment & Closure
Higher Education in Maryland


January 2009 Letter to the Editor

 

 

Courtesy of The Baltimore Sun

 

 

Governor Committed to Affordable Education


January 31, 2009


During last week's rollout of Maryland's budget for next fiscal year, Gov. Martin O'Malley again illustrated his commitment to making our state universities affordable by including an undergraduate tuition freeze for Maryland's public universities for the fourth straight year ("Painful cuts for budget balance," Jan. 22).

This means that students who entered a Maryland public university four years ago will not have seen a penny's rise in their tuition by the time they receive their degree. This is an extraordinary achievement.

From funding for community colleges to the creation of the Higher Education Investment Fund to grants and scholarships for Maryland's veterans, the O'Malley administration has demonstrated - even in difficult economic times - that making secondary education affordable for more Marylanders is a priority worth protecting.

This commitment has led to a record increase in enrollment at our state colleges and universities.

While Mr. O'Malley's 2010 budget included reductions that were undoubtedly painful, his commitment to affordable higher education in Maryland is commendable.

James E. Lyons Sr., Annapolis

The writer is Maryland's Secretary of Higher Education.

 


####

Hours of Operation:  Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM  |  Back to top  |  (PDF) Links require Adobe Acrobat Reader