MARYLAND–New legislation is making its way around the general assembly in Maryland that would require state colleges and universities to disclose all course costs to students, the goal is to help students better manage their finances.
House Bill 318 and Senate Bill 667 would direct colleges and universities, under the University System of Maryland, to show online which courses would provide students with free digital course materials, and which courses may provide access to low-cost print options to students instead. Students we spoke with at Salisbury University said they would like to see this legislation pass because they said it could help them plan better financially for each semester, as well as help professors choose how to structure their courses.
“That it would make sense seeing as how a lot of students usually already have to deal with a lot of issues financially like scholarships, tuition, rent things like so anything to help students,”Jared Mclean, junior at Salisbury University, said. “It could determine what courses people take more, people might lean towards taking courses that are less expensive then I think it offers professors an opportunity to maybe alter that course to be more financially available,” Annie Geitner, sophmore at Salisbury University, said.
The legislation has not been voted on yet, but local lawmakers, like Senator Addie Eckardt said, they’re in support of the legislation because they think it’s a good to help students.