Students at Montana colleges and universities have held campus rallies urging state lawmakers to maintain a tuition freeze.

Rallies were held Friday at the University of Montana, Montana State University and Montana Tech.

The Montana University System has frozen the cost of tuition for the last four years at four year institutions and the last eight years at two year institutions.

Students say increasing tuition means more college loan debts for them.

But a tuition increase may be likely if a deal struck earlier this year to continue the tuition freeze can't be revived before the end of the current legislative session on May 1.

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