The University of Maryland Board of Regents has voted to increase tuition 10 per cent for undergraduate students in the fall of 1978.
The tuition increase is called for in the $243.6 million budget for fiscal year 1978-79 which the board approved Friday. The funding must still be affirmed by the state Bureau of Budget.
If approved by the state, undergraduate students at the university's College Park, Baltimore City and Baltimore County campuses who are residents of Maryland will pay $680 a year. That is a $60 increase over the current fee.
On the Eastern Shore campus, once the university's all-black campus where tuition has been traditionally low, students will be asked to pay an additional $75, bringing the annual fee to $525.
Tuition for undergraduate students from out of state will increase $300 to $2,210 a year. At the Eastern Shore campus tuition for out-of-state students payment will go from $1,340 to $1,520.
At the university's professional schools, fees will go up $400 at the dentistry school. $200 at the school, $150 at the night law school. $500 at the school of medicine and $100 at the school of social work.
Larry Kirsch, vice president of the College Park campus' Student Government Association, called the increase "unfortunate" and said some students on a tight budget may be forced to drop out school.
Kirsch also critized what he termed "the inherent problems with the budget process" - the fact that each department usually asks for a higher budget every year without any apparent effort to eliminate budget waste.
"If a department needs $420 for something it will ask for $500 instead of $420 which is all that is really needed," said Kirsch.
Alan Sea, editor of the student paper Diamondback, said the paper's editorial policy is to oppose tuition increase but that it is a better alternative than cutting back services and personnel.
He said students were forced to pay a 10 per cent tuition increase last fall as well but that "they seems to accept it as inevitable." Enrollments, Sea said, did not drop off noticeably.
Donald Myers, the university's budget director, said student financial aid will increase in proportion to the tuition.
Myers said the school was forced to raise tuition to meet "expenditure requirements;"
He noted that the University's enrollment has been rising and that some new facilities, including an administration building in College Park and a medical school building in Baltimore City, are scheduled to open in 1979.
The state contributed $132 million toward the school's budget. The rest of the school funding comes from tuition and fees charged at university hospital in Baltiomore.