The Board of Regents is scheduled to meet Wednesday to discussed proposed tuition hikes at state colleges and universities across Connecticut.
The president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, which includes 17 state colleges and universities other than UConn, said in a statement to students and families that he is recommending a tuition increase at all schools in the system.
“We are working hard every day to put our students first. That is why, like last year, I want you to hear this news directly from me. I am recommending a tuition increase at all of our schools. It is a smaller increase than the previous two years, and for the first time I am suggesting a two-year time frame so that students and families can plan better for their educational costs,” Mark Ojakian said in a statement.
Following is what he is recommending for all students at the four state universities, 12 community colleges and Charter Oak State College:
- Tuition and fees: $10,079
- Increase: 4 percent or $403 to $10,482 for fiscal year 2018 and $10,901 for fiscal year 2019
- Tuition and fees: $4,168
- Increase: 2.5 percent or $104 to $4,276 for fiscal year 2018 and $4,384 for fiscal year 2019
Charter Oak State College
- Tuition and fees: $7,611
- Increase: 4 percent or $304 to $7,915 for fiscal year 2018 and $8,234 for fiscal year 2019
Ojakian said the increase will be the exactly the same next year. For community colleges, this represents an increase of approximately $50 per semester and $200 per semester for the universities and $150 at Charter Oak for the next two years.
He added that this does not close the deficit.
“We would never look to tuition to do so,” he said.
The Board of Regents Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss this recommendation and the full Board is scheduled to vote on April 6.
“I am fully aware that an increase is still an increase and this will impact you and your families. As a public higher education system, we will work hard to provide you with the affordable high quality education you deserve and expect,” Ojakian said in the letter.
The 17 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities in the system include:
- Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield
- Capital Community College in Hartford
- Central Connecticut State University in New Britain
- Charter Oak State College
- Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic
- Gateway Community College in New Haven
- Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport
- Manchester Community College in Manchester
- Middlesex Community College in Middletown
- Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury
- Northwestern CT Community College in Winsted
- Norwalk Community College in Norwalk
- Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson
- Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven
- Three Rivers Community College in Norwich
- Tunxis Community College in Farmington
- Western Connecticut State University in Danbury