UMass Trustees Pass 2.5% Tuition Hike; Amazon adds a ‘fuel and inflation surcharge’ to selling fees

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Tuition and fees at the four undergraduate campuses of the University of Massachusetts in the state will increase in the 2022-2023 academic year after university supervisors on Wednesday approved the first annual hike after a freeze two years in the era of the pandemic.

Tens of thousands of UMass students in the state face a 2.5% tuition hike, which is between $346 and $395 more per year, and increases in housing and meals ranging from 1.9% to 3.9%.

The UMass Board of Trustees voted 12-2 on Wednesday to approve the series of tuition and fee increases that will set undergraduate tuition in the state at $16,186 for UMass Amherst, $14,542 to UMass Boston, $14,179 to UMass Dartmouth and $15,462 to UMass Lowell.

Amazon adds 5% “fuel and inflation surcharge” to selling fees

Amazon is taking a step to offset its rising costs, announcing on Wednesday that it will add a 5% “fuel and inflation surcharge” to the fees it charges third-party sellers who use the giant’s fulfillment services of e-commerce.

The Seattle-based company said on its website that the additional fees, which take effect April 28, are “subject to change” and will apply to both apparel and non-apparel items.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for additional details about the move. But in a notice sent to vendors on Wednesday, the company said its costs have risen since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic due to increased hourly wages, hiring workers and construction of new warehouses.

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