WORCESTER — Harrison Ingles works a couple of part-time night jobs and attends Worcester State University full time as a commuter student.

Always on the go, he rarely stops to eat on campus.

Even so, Mr. Ingles, and all commuter students, are facing a $100-per-semester meals plan charge — whether they eat on campus or not.

The mandatory charge is part of a package of $7,534 in fees ($1,498 more if students buy health insurance through the school) that has more than doubled over the last decade and makes up the bulk of the cost of attending the university. Under the Massachusetts higher education system, tuition — at WSU, $970 — is a small fraction of the total cost.

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