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Tuition Increases Proposed For Community College, State University Students

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The Board of Regents for Higher Education oversees Connecticut's community colleges, and the State University System, which includes Central, Eastern, Western, and Southern Connecticut State Universities. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

The Board of Regents for Higher Education oversees Connecticut’s community colleges, and the State University System, which includes Central, Eastern, Western, and Southern Connecticut State Universities. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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Community college students’ tuition and fees would increase by 5.2-percent, under a proposal scheduled for a vote tomorrow.

A full-time community college student would pay as much as $3,700 per year.

Officials say it is a relatively modest increase.

The Board of Regents finance committee is also expected to vote on an average 5.1-percent tuition and fee increase for students at Central, Eastern, Western and Southern Connecticut State universities.  Students who live on campus would see bottom line increases of about 4 percent, when room and board are included.

New fees are also being proposed.

In-state undergrads would pay a system-wide average of just under $20-thousand per year, if they live on campus.

In their proposal, university officials note that the total block grant from the state to the state universities was reduced by more than $7-million in November.

“The recommended increases to tuition and fees are essential to allow the universities to maintain, and in some cases restore, educational programs and student services; the universities will continue to exercise economies and efficiencies so that the funds are utilized to the students’ fullest benefit,” staff wrote in a report to the regents.

The proposal would still have to go before the full Board of Regents, before it could take effect.

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