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UConn Trustees to Consider Tuition Hike Today

What do you think about the proposed 6 percent increase? Add your thoughts in the comments

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees will meet this morning to consider a tuition and fee increase that could significantly affect the budgets of thousands of students.

According to an email sent to university staff, the trustees will consider a plan to increase tuition and fees from between 6.25% and 6.75% each year over the next four years. The rate for room and board would increase by 3%, making the overall cost of attending UConn rise by between 4.2% and 4.6% each year.

If approved, 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, according to UConn.

As university officials consider the proposal, State Rep. Zeke Zalaski, D-Southington, said he hopes that the General Assembly’s High Education Committee discusses the issue before the university trustees vote.

“I understand that UConn wants to hire additional faculty, but I’m not sure the full cost of that should fall on student tuition and fee increases,” Zalaski said in a news release. “I am worried we will be shutting out middle class and low-income students with these hikes.”

Zalaski noted that according to published reports an increase of 5.8 percent in tuition and fees would mean the cost for an undergraduate student with room and board would be $22,430.

“That’s a lot of money for a lot of kids,” Zalaski said in the release. “I know the state budget is tight, but we should consider other options like increasing the amount of money the state gives UConn for its operating budget.”

, of the top 25 public universities in the nation – UConn ranked 19th in the most recent U.S. News listing – UConn had the third lowest tuition increase last year at 2.4 percent. UConn’s 2012 tuition and mandatory fee cost places it in the middle of the top 53 public universities in the U.S. at 26th.

About 15,000 UConn students received financial aid in 2011; the rate at which UConn graduates default on their debt is 2.4 percent; the national rate is 7 percent, .

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees will meet on today at 10 a.m. in the Rome Commons Ballroom.

j Hancock December 19, 2011 at 06:35 PM
I am surprised to hear Uconn needs more money. If this is true how do they afford to pay two security cops $400,000 a year?
Laurie December 19, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Couldn't they wait until the economy is better? We taxpayers are barely making ends meet, and we can't afford to pay one more cent because we are under- or unemployed. And they're worried about shutting out the middle class or poor students? Well, if they're illegal, we who are barely hanging onto the middle class title now have to give them a free college education while we can't afford for our own children to go to UConn.
Amos Feldstein December 20, 2011 at 11:43 AM
I wonder, Laurie, if you are this vocal with local spending. If you can go to college, you're likely to have some spare cash and, while paying 6% increases each year for many years seems unconscionable, you have the choice of going elsewhere or not going anywhere. I know people who haven't enough to even think of college or are living on a fixed income and they see towns, like Southington, continue to ponder and enact foolish spending programs (much of it for sports, as with UCONN) that impact these folks directly and truly without much choice. I'd love to see you and other readers as passionate in the press for their sakes as for paying increased costs for something that's discretionary.

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