Tuition increase for state colleges and universities approved by CSCU Board of Regents

Tuition increase for state colleges and universities approved by CSCU Board of Regents

October 13, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


NOW TO DEVELOPING NEWS… THOUSANDS OF CONNECTICUT STUDENTS… WILL HAVE TO DIG DEEPER IN THEIR POCKET — TO GO TO COLLEGE. THE BOARD THAT OVERSEES ALL STATE UNIVERSITIES. JUST APPROVED A FIVE PERCENT TUITION HIKE FOR CONNECTICUT’S FOUR REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES… AND CHARTER OAK STATE COLLEGE IN NEW BRITAIN. U-CONN — IS NOT INCLUDED. ON AVERAGE – THAT’S NEARLY 500 DOLLARS MORE FOR COMMUTER STUDENTS… AND 800 DOLLARS MORE FOR THOSE WHO LIVE ON CAMPUS. NEWS 8’S MARIO BOONE IS LIVE IN NEW BRITAIN… WITH MORE ON WHAT’S BEHIND THE HIKE. MARIO? 3 MARK OJAKIAN, CONN. STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES 12.40.30.24 “I NEVER WANT TO RAISE TUITION.”EXCEPT THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THE STATE BOARD OF REGENTS VOTED THURSDAY TO DO. MARK OJAKIAN, CONN. STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES 12.40.44.07 “AND IT’S ABOUT $479 ON AN ANNUAL BASIS FOR COMMUTER STUDENTS, AND A LITTLE OVER $800 FOR RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS.”STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES PRESIDENT MARK OJAKIAN SAYS EVEN WITH THE INCREASE, HE STILL MUST SWIPE 20-MILLION BUCKS FROM RESERVES TO CLOSE A BUDGET HOLE. MARK OJAKIAN, CONN. STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES 12.41.10.58 ME: “WAS THERE ANY OTHER WAY TO DO THIS WITHOUT RAISING TUITION?” HIM: “I DON’T BELIEVE SO.”ROOM FEES ALSO GOING UP….BUT THE INCREASE CAPPED AT 2-POINT-5 PERCENT. NEEDLESS TO SAY STUDENTS NOT FEELING THIS NEWS. ASIA HENRY CCSU JUNIOR 13.36.29.51 “IT WAS ALREADY EXPENSIVE ENOUGH AS IT IS SO, THAT’S NOT GOOD AT ALL.”SAVION TAYLOR, CCSU SENIOR 13.27.32.48 “I NEVER SEE WHAT IT’S REALLY GOING TOWARD SO, WHY AM I PAYING MORE IF I’M REALLY GETTING ANYTHING OUT OF IT.”JUSTIN SOKOLA, CCSU SENIOR 13.25.38.40 “EVER SINCE I STARTED FOUR YEARS AGO IT’S ALWAYS BEEN INCREASINGLY GOING UP LITTLE BY LITTLE.”THIS STUDENT DOESN’T LIKE IT BUT FEELS HELPLESS TO REVERSE THE TREND. KEVIN GUY, CCSU JUNIOR 13.28.45.29 “NO ONE REALLY WANTS TUITION TO GO UP BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY IT’S REALLY OUT OF OUR CONTROL.”