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March 22, 2021

Worcester State freezing tuition, holding fall semester in-person

Photo | Grant Welker Worcester State University

Worcester State University will freeze tuition for the upcoming academic year and will hold courses in-person this fall, the school said Sunday.

The school's undergraduate fees will remain the same as they did this year, at $9,616. Tuition, which is set by the state, remains at $970, the same for 20 years, Worcester State said.

Worcester State is the latest Central Massachusetts college to announce plans for a return to relative normalcy for the fall 2021 semester, with hopes the coronavirus pandemic will be largely under control by then. The plan is for a full campus experience, President Barry Maloney said in a statement, while keeping virus testing programs in place, even if no new cases emerge, as a way to stay sure the campus is safe.

“I know many of you are yearning to have the full in-person campus experience, and we aim to provide it this coming fall," Maloney said in a statement to students.

Worcester State joins other area colleges planning largely normal operations for the fall, including the College of the Holy Cross, Fitchburg State University and Quinsigamond Community College. QCC has taken the most precautions during the pandemic, holding almost no courses on campus this school year.

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