"I work from seven until 10 at night and then again from three until six in the morning" at the dormitory job, she says. Although she also holds down a second off-campus job at a hotel, where she works 22 hours a week, and has an $800 scholarship, she is "just breaking even," Hayman said.

Tuition at the university has soared, with a record increase of 23 percent this year for in-state students, bringing their total costs to $1,073 -- higher than all other public institutions in the southern states. Tuition for students who are not Maryland residents has risen by 11 percent, escalating their costs to $2,998 this year.

Dining fees rose this year by 10 percent, to $1,088 annually. The cost of living in a campus dormitory went to $1,484, making dorm living at Maryland more costly than at any state college or university in the nation, according to a survey done by the university. Dining and dorm fees are the same for Maryland residents and out-of-state students.

A Maryland resident living in a campus dormitory can now expect to pay approximately $3,645 a year for tuition, dorm and dining fees, compared with $3,316 for the same services last year.

Many students, forced into part-time employment by the increases, say they are just getting by.

"It's killing me," said Terry Flannery, a junior from Gaithersburg. "I occasionally skip lunch because I don't have anything in my wallet. I'm making it on the skin of my teeth."

"It's absurd! I'm more angry than anything else," said Debbie McGann of Bethesda, a senior. McGann dropped out of college three years ago because she didn't have the money to continue, and returned this year to find tuition is $300 more. She was forced to apply for financial aid and only when she was assured of receiving a loan and a scholarship did she return.

Over the past nine years, Maryland tuition has been consistently higher than the national average among public universities, which is $819 this year. At state institutions of comparable size, tuition charges are about the same or less than those at the University of Maryland. In-state students at Michigan State University pay $1,515, one of the hightest fees, while University of Texas students pay only $420, down $100 from last year and one of the lowest in the nation.

Administrators say the tuition increases are necessary to keep pace with inflation and to compensate for state cuts in the university's budget, suffered when state revenues fell short of projections, according to Don Myers, university budget analyst.

"They (the state) didn't have the dollars to go around. The net effect is that College Park's working budget for (fiscal year) l982 is only $143,000 higher than last year's. It's essentially the same. There's no allowance for inflation or a salary increase" for university employes, said Myers.

College Park Chancellor Robert Gluckstern predicted that "the state is not about to shift this responsibility from the student to the general education fund" to cover increasing costs.

He added that students can expect a 10 percent increase in tuition next year, to $1,185 for state residents and $3,303 for out-of-state students. Dorm fees for next year have been raised to $1,564 and dining fees will go to $1,166.

Gluckstern added that he does not believe the added costs are unreasonable or will create widespread hardship. He said the College Park campus has maintained its enrollment levels and there has not been a significant number of student withdrawals.

Yet more students this year than any other have applied for financial aid. Of approximately 26,000 undergraduate students, more than half -- 18,013 -- are now receiving a total of $32.2 million in financial aid. Last year, 14,570 students were on financial aid totaling $24.7 million, according to the student financial aid office.

Surveys have found that more students are working part time this year than ever before, according to Ulysses Glee, campus student financial aid director. "We still have many seeking part-time employment," he said, adding that the administration has set up a job referral service.

"It's a vicious cycle. All you ever do is work to try to make it. You have to work two jobs to pay for college. It's ridiculous. You about die," said Kelly Welter, a senior from Gaithersburg, who added that her grades have suffered. "I have to work when I should be studying, which takes away from what I should be doing in the first place."

Other students echo her viewpoint, saying they too have received lower marks because they must work.

"When you have to work 24 hours a week, you get lower grades. You may not make the As but you have to get by," said Becky Kirkword, a senior from Bel Air.

John Gillette, a sophomore from Rockville, also has seen his grade-point average drop since he began working last year. "It's not too fair. This is really getting out of hand," he said.

But Glee said national studies have found that students who work while attending college are forced to budget their time and thus tend to make better grades than those who do not work.

"It's good for them," said Glee. "Look at the side effect. They acquire job experience. But whenever you have advantages, you have disadvantages as well."

Some students say they have considered dropping out of the university or switching to part-time status, which significantly reduces the number of courses a student takes and, subsequently, the bill.

"I'm thinking about switching to Prince George's Community College," said Dan Johnson, a sophomore from Riverdale. "I can get just as good an education there. These prices are too high."

Several students complained that the quality of education has not kept pace with the rising costs.

The engineering college is short 50 full-time professors and as a result, students are so crowded into classes that they often must sit on the floor. One sophomore engineering class has an enrollment of 150, which, according to professors, is three times the normal class size. The business college, which also needs more professors, and the engineering school both have set admission quotas.

Because of slashed budget requests, the university has not been able to fill faculty vacancies or expand programs to accommodate its approximately 35,000 graduate and undergraduate students as quickly as it would like.

Administrators have given top budget priority to a 5.2 percent salary increase for professors in the l983 fiscal year. University funds for the fiscal year will be included in the state budget that will be approved next spring by the General Assembly.

Faculty salaries now average 16 percent lower than those paid at comparable state universities such as Michigan, California, and Illinois, according to a report by the Maryland State Board for Higher Education. As a result, the university has had difficulty attracting new faculty members.

Gluckstern acknowleged that "the overall support each year (from the state) is eroding, and we as a university are being forced to do with less and less." Nevertheless, he believes the quality of education at Maryland is "improving in many areas."

The improvement, however, may not be enough to keep students such as one graduating senior from Bethesda who remarked, "I'm lucky I'm a senior because I couldn't afford to go to school anymore."