STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — Many UConn students are talking about the proposed $3,000 tuition hike spread out over the next four years.
Students working hard at the Dunkin’ Donuts told us what it’s like to try and work and go to school at the same time.
M Heart is from East Lyme, and works at the Dunkin’ Donuts on the UConn campus. She is Pre-Med, studying psychology and hopes to graduate, go to med school, and become a psychiatrist.
“That’s like 12 credits + 24 hours, that is a full week that is really a lot.”
Today, UConn released its proposal to raise tuition 30 percent over the next four years.
-$700 in 2016
-$775 in 2017
-$850 in 2018
-$950 in 2019
Taking tuition from $10,500 dollars a year for instate, to nearly $14,000.
“I worked up to 50 hours each week during the summer and I barely saved up enough to get an apartment. I didn’t even touch my school loans. I can’t even make that in the summer, even if I save up as much as I can,” said Heart.
Heart also has a brother in collage and when you add on $12,000 for room and board and more than $2,800 in mandatory fees…
“I don’t know if I need to take time off of school to save up more money, but then it’s harder to get back into the swing of school. It’s just like I don’t know how to balance things,” said Heart.
Next Thursday, there will be a Town Hall-style meeting at the Student Union Theater; the last one to lay out the tuition hike. Then the board will vote on December 16 whether or not to accept it.