BANGOR (AP) — University of Maine System trustees voted Monday to freeze tuition rates for the upcoming school year at 2012 levels for in-state undergraduate students.

Trustees voted in Bangor on the system’s operating budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1. As part of the budget vote, trustees set tuition rates.

Tuition was frozen for the 2012-2013 school year at the state’s seven universities, the first time that had happened in 25 years. Trustees on Monday voted to keep them at those levels for in-state undergraduate students, and at last year’s rate for graduate and law students.

Next year’s operating budget is about $522 million, which is up about $1 million from this year.

The University of Maine System has seven universities and an annual enrollment of nearly 40,000 students.

Tuition and fees for instate students range from $10,600 at UMaine in Orono to $7,300 at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

“Our trustees are committed to keeping higher education affordable in Maine,” said Chancellor James H. Page.

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