BANGOR, Maine (AP) — University of Maine System Trustees have voted to freeze in-state tuition at current levels for the next academic year, the first time that has happened in a quarter century.

Trustees voted Monday to accept a motion by Trustee Karl Turner to keep in-state tuition and fees at their current levels for the first time since 1987. Last year’s budget included an average tuition increase of 4.3 percent.

Turner said freezing tuition and fees for in-state students “is a big step forward in the right direction.” Tuition for out-of-state residents will be set in the spring.

Trustees also approved goals aimed at increasing business partnerships and aligning programs to meet the needs of adults and the state’s work force.

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