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Update: UConn Board of Trustees Approves Tuition Hike

Tuition for the 2013-2016 academic years will increase by 6-6.75 percent.

Students at the will pay 6-6.75 percent more in tuition each year over the next four years starting in the fall of 2013 under a plan approved Monday.

UConn's trustees took just minutes to unanimously after meeting behind closed doors for nearly one hour.

The rate for room and board would increase by 3 percent, making the overall cost of attending UConn rise by between 4.2 percent and 4.6 percent each year.

“No university president in the nation, and certainly no board of trustees ever wants to raise tuition,” UConn President Susan Herbst said.

Herbst said it was difficult to make up for “tens of millions of dollars” in state appropriation cuts, but said the cuts were necessary for Connecticut to balance its budget, and that “UConn had to help” in that.

“We can’t let the university slip because of budget cuts,” Herbst said.

“We need more faculty to educate our students better. …There’s no magic wand to wave to help us. We need to step up and do the right thing today,” she said.

According to figures published in the Hartford Courant, the increase means that tuition and fees for in-state students would increase by $620 to $11,290 in the first year and be about $13,350 at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

The official decision was handed down at a time when classes are not in session and most students are home for winter break.

Sam Tracy, UConn’s Undergraduate Student Government (USG) president, made note of the poor timing - by pointing out that he was the only student in the room - but said he fully supported the increase.

“I think I speak for every student when I say ‘We do need more faculty,’” Tracy said.

Tracy said that from his experience, most every student attending the university has had trouble getting into a class at one time or another.

“Hiring more faculty would allow more courses to be open and smaller class sizes which would lead to a better learning experience for everyone,” Tracy said.

The increased funds will be used to hire 290 professors to expand course offerings and help ensure students can take the courses they need to graduate on time.

The university has 18 students for every 1 teaching faculty member, according to data provided by the university, but additional faculty is expected to bring that ratio down to 15 to 1.

“Let’s do the best we can here at the University of Connecticut to protect the university that we have created together,” Herbst said.

10:58 a.m. Original Story:

Students at the will pay 6-6.75 percent more in tuition each year over the next four years starting in the fall of 2013 under a plan approved Monday.

UConn's trustees took just minutes to unanimously after meeting behind closed doors for nearly one hour.

The rate for room and board would increase by 3 percent, making the overall cost of attending UConn rise by between 4.2 percent and 4.6 percent each year.

According to figures published in the Hartford Courant, the increase means that tuition and fees for in-state students would increase by $620 to $11,290 in the first year and be about $13,350 at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

The increased funds will be used to hire 290 professors to expand course offerings and help ensure students can take the courses they need to graduate on time,

The university has 18 students for every 1 teaching faculty member, according to data provided by the university, but additional faculty is expected to bring that ratio down to 15 to 1.

Laurie December 19, 2011 at 06:34 PM
REALLY? NOW --at a time when kids are graduating from college with an overwhelming debt and practically no hope of a job? When the taxpayers of CT can hardly bear any more because we don't have jobs? I don't believe that THIS is the time for UConn to try to become Harvard ... just because they feel like it. This is greed at it's most obvious. 18 students to one teacher is amazing -- no need to hire 290 more on-the-dole state employees to make the ratio 15:1. What about the students who already enrolled? At the very least, their tuition should be grandfathered in. What about the illegal aliens for whom CT taxpayers must provide a free education? Again, they're putting more of a burden on the backs of citizens who are barely making it. This is disgusting, greedy, short-sighted behavior, and I would hope that Governor Malloy would see that and step in.
Joyce Hodgson December 19, 2011 at 08:56 PM
I think they out to ante up and pay the increase. Boards like this get paid to render their advice, maybe they should render their salary instead of detracting from others.
Mark Kalina December 20, 2011 at 01:15 AM
With the tuition increase I am sure that the ratio of students to professors will improve somewhat when the size of the student body fails to materialize as planned...
Amos Feldstein December 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM
This is true. But they will have so much more for sports and you never can have enough sports, Mark.

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