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Connecticut Students Would Pay 5 Percent More to Attend State Universities

Education officials are set to vote on a plan today to hike tuition and fees at the four state universities, Eastern, Western, Central and Southern. The move would not increase UConn's tuition and fees.

In an effort to lure more out-of-state students to Connecticut and close a budget gap, the Board of Regents for Higher Education, which oversees the state's university system, is considering a plan to hike in-state tuition rates by 5.1 percent for the fall 2013-2014 academic year and decrease tuition for out of state students by 2.6 percent.

The Regents' finance committee meets today to act on the proposal, according to the Connecticut Mirror.

The move would mean in-state students living on campus would pay an additional $778 in tuition and fees next year, while out-of-state students living on campus pay $170 less, the website reports. In-state students living off campus would see thier tuition and fees increase by $434 a year.

The Board of Regents oversees the state's four universities, Western, Eastern, Southern and Central. They do not set fees or tuition for the University of Connecticut.

The new tuition and fees, the Mirror reports, reflect an effort by the Board of Regents to attract more out of state students at the four universities and balance its budget amid increasing cuts by state officials.

JohnnyScrewed February 19, 2013 at 05:28 PM
So in-state students get screwed going to their own state universities. Maybe we should allow ourselves to be 'lured' in by neighboring state universities. Why does this state need to 'lure' out-of-state students anyways? This state is now 2billion in the red even after huge taxes increases a year ago. Maybe that has something to do with it
Patrick Madley February 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM
I disagree with this. So in state students would be the ones hurt in this situation. That's wrong. Plain wrong. Essentially, it seems to me that means that the total cost could rise to 4,000 or more. I think any increase for in-state residents is a horrible idea. It is not the right move.
sharon cerasoli February 20, 2013 at 02:31 PM
this is so wrong, on so many levels! I wish we as state residents had some input into this...crazy decision!!

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