The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education on Thursday approved tuition increases for the four CT state colleges (Southern, Central, Western and Eastern), and 12 of its 13 community colleges (Charter Oak State College considers tuition and fees in June.)
In a news release, Lewis Robinson said the increases were modest and will "enable enable additional funds to funnel back to the campuses to hire much-needed faculty and essential student support staff."
"We're mindful that in this economy, any amount of increase in tuition and fees can be difficult for students and their families, which is why we took every step to keep them as low as possible," he said.
The tuition and fee increases include the following:
Connecticut State Universities (Undergraduate)
3.8 percent increase, or $315 more, to $8,556 on average
3.7 percent or $676 (students currently pay anywhere from roughly $4,500 per year to about $6,000 per year
Connecticut Community Colleges
3.1 percent increase, or $108 more, to $3,598 on average
"With this modest increase in tuition and fees — in addition to continued belt-tightening at the central office and across campuses —we're confident that we can further meet the needs of our ConnSCU students, and invest in their continued success," Interim Board of Regents President Robert A. Kennedy said in the news release.
The announcement comes on the heels of the University of Connecticut announcing tuition increases. That means for in-state undergraduats, tuition and fees will go to $11,290 in the fall, which is $620 more than the current $10,670. By the year 2016, the charge will be $2,676 more than this year, or $13,346, according to the Hartford Courant.
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