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Modest Tuition/Fee Increase Recommended

On Thursday, Jan. 19, the Board of Regents for Higher Education will consider a recommended modest increase in tuition and fees for 16 out of its 17 institutions
On Thursday, Jan. 19, the Board of Regents for Higher Education will consider a recommended modest increase in tuition and fees for 16 out of its 17 institutions, including all 12 of the community colleges and the four Connecticut State Universities. Charter Oak State College reviews its tuition and fees in June.

The recommendations, which fall below the historical average increases for both constituent units, would mean an average per student increase in the 2012/13 academic year of:

In-State Commuter

Connecticut State Universities (Undergraduate) - 3.8% or $315
Connecticut Community Colleges - 3.1% or $108

In-State Residential

Connecticut State Universities (Undergraduate) - 3.7% or $676
Connecticut Community Colleges - N/A

“While reviewing tuition and fee proposals, we were mindful of a few things,” said Board of Regents Executive Vice President Michael P. Meotti. “First, our state colleges and universities provide an excellent opportunity for residents to pursue a degree and enhance or learn new career skills, many of whom may otherwise not be able to given the rising price of higher education. We cannot allow this opportunity to move beyond their reach. Secondly, we were highly cognizant of our still-fragile economic recovery and its impact on families across the state. This recommended increase will allow our state colleges and universities to hire additional faculty and stay competitive among their peer schools, without overburdening their students.”

“We’re taking every opportunity to review operations, contracts and other expenditures associated with the former community college and state university systems with an eye toward greater efficiencies and savings in this new organization,” said Board of Regents Interim President Dr. Robert A. Kennedy. “Our goal is to redirect those savings back to the campuses to enable them to hire more faculty. The state universities and community colleges offer a great education at a competitive price and we need to do everything we can to ensure their reputation for affordability and accessibility continues.”

For more information, please contact:
Maribel La Luz
860-723-0617
laluzm@ct.edu