Board of Regents Sets 2022-23 Community College Tuition Rates
Under the approved structure, tuition and mandatory fees will increase by $224 per year, or $112 per semester, for full-time students who pay out of pocket.
The Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR) today voted to set tuition and fees for the state’s 12 community colleges for the 2022-23 academic year. Under the approved structure, tuition and mandatory fees will increase by $224 per year, or $112 per semester, for full-time students who pay out of pocket.
“None of us ever want to raise tuition,” Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President CSCU President Terrence Cheng said. “However, I want to note that this does not mean that everyone’s bill will increase. For many, there will be no increase at all. Students who are eligible for the PACT program, for instance, will continue to go to school tuition and fee-free. The same goes for students who receive full Pell funding. All in all, approximately 70 percent of community college students attend without paying a cent of out-of-pocket costs. That will continue.”
President Cheng commended the BOR’s commitment to minimizing impact on students as much as possible.
“The BOR has not increased community college tuition in three years. We recognize that every dollar means something to our students,” he added. “We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that the system’s financial challenges do not fall onto the backs of our students. Indeed, even with these adjustments and with potential similar tuition changes at the state universities, we still project a more than $250 million budget shortfall between FY22 and FY23. In order for our institutions to continue their work as the highest quality, most affordable and accessible higher education options in Connecticut, we will need a significant state investment.”
The tuition changes also make more than $2 million of additional institutional aid available for students.
As CSCU presented to the Connecticut General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee this week, the shortfall is largely driven by expected changes to SEBAC payroll and fringe benefit agreements, the state’s decennial 27th payroll, and COVID-19’s negative impact on enrollment.
The full details of the tuition adjustments can be found on page 143 of the BOR’s agenda packet.
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