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UMass President Robert Caret says his goal is to have the state pay 50% of the money needed for educational programs on the five campus UMass system, and the students paying the rest in tuition and fees.  Last year, the state's share was 43%.  Caret tells WBSM News, his request for $480 million this coming year, an 8% increase, brings the UMass system closer to his goal...

During a stop in Fall River on Thursday, Caret said if student tutition and fees can't be controlled, then the UMass system and other public universities will soon become smaller and more expensive, and he says that's not what communities and states need.