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State University System Aims to Avoid Tuition Hikes Next Fall

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Trustees for the Connecticut State University System are freezing management and non-union staff salaries for a second straight year,  for the fiscal year beginning next July.  And they went on record saying they intend to hold tuition steady for the academic year beginning next fall.

If they are able to hold tuition level, it would be the first time since the 1999-2000 academic year that tuition has not increased at Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Connecticut State Universities.

More than 36,000 students attend schools in the system.

Trustees say they may need to re-examine the plan to hold tuition flat,  depending on actions by the next governor and legislature. They point out that with increases written into union contracts taking effect in 2012,  they’ll need to make cuts even if state funding levels remain the same.

In the words of Finance and Administration Committee Chairman Angelo Messino, “It is important that CSUS maintain the accessibility and affordability of its universities to the greatest extent possible, recognizing that our students and potential students are among those that are most affected by the prolonged economic downturn.”

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