HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – UConn President Susan Herbst says the governor’s proposed $40 million cut in annual state aid to her school would lead to staff cuts, unpaid furloughs and the closing of some departments and degree programs.

But Herbst says she will not ask the Board of Trustees for new tuition or fee increases, beyond the 6.75 percent increase for the next school year that was approved in 2011.

Herbst testified Tuesday morning before the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, which is considering Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s two-year, nearly $40 billion tax-and-spending proposal.

She says such a large cut to the state’s block grant to UConn would have “horrendous” consequences for students, including the inability to get into certain courses, which could force them to stay at the school longer.

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