By PAT EATON-ROBB
STORRS, Conn. (AP) – University of Connecticut trustees have voted without dissent to approve a 17 percent increase in tuition and other student costs that will be phased in over four years.
The measure approved on a voice vote Monday is designed to raise about $50 million by increasing tuition by between 6 and 6.8 percent annually. Room and board also will increase by 3 percent each year.
The total cost of UConn education, currently $21,720 for Connecticut residents, will increase to $25,518 in 2016. Out of state students, who currently pay $38,616, would pay $47,070 in 2016.
The hike comes on the heels of state budget cuts that slashed UConn’s annual block grant by $25 million.
UConn President Susan Herbst says the money will be used to hire 290 new faculty members.
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