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Feb 19, 2014

President Gray Proposes Two Percent Tuition Increase

Recommendation will go to finance committee for review.

Dr. Gregory W. Gray, President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, today proposed a two percent tuition increase for the 2014–2015 academic year for the 12 community colleges, four state universities and Charter Oak State College that make up the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) system.  The proposal would cap tuition and fees at two percent for 2014–2015 academic year with the recommendation that it become part of a long-term tuition plan extending through the 2016–2017 academic year.

“The Board of Regents has made no secret of their goal to keep tuition as low as possible for our students—this proposal is in keeping with their vision and plan for our state’s system of higher education,” said Dr. Gray. “CSCU provides a high-quality education to our students, and we are all committed to keeping college accessible and affordable for Connecticut residents.  Beyond being the place where students develop their skills and hone their talents, our institutions also play a significant role in training Connecticut’s workforce.  Higher education must remain within reach if Connecticut is to develop a strong, thriving economy.

“This proposal dovetails with Transform CSCU 2020, our plan to build a world-class system of higher education in Connecticut.  Thanks to the attention and investment from Governor Malloy and our legislative leaders, we are well on our way to expanding our academic programs, strengthening our infrastructure, and building capacity in online learning.  Holding the line on tuition will help us meet our obligations to our students and the state to keep college and university affordable.”

Dr. Gray outlined the proposal in a meeting with campus presidents this morning. The recommendation must first be considered by the Board’s Finance Committee before going to the full Board for approval.