The University of Maine System trustees met Monday in Bangor to go over the biennial budget request. The trustees are hoping the state will up its contribution to the UMaine system by four percent to allow them to hold tuition increases to no more than a three percent increase per year.They say families and students are struggling to make tuition payments and they’ve done several things to save, including no raises and cutting staff.”Higher education is critically important for a knowledge based economy which is what we’re in. More than half of the job openings from January through June of this year were requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher. And that is what we’re in the business of doing. And we’re just hoping the state recognizes the connection between the investment in higher education and being able to move Maine’s economy forward.”They say there is a limit to how much they can cut and still provide quality education for students.