NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Possible tuition increases is something a student never wants to hear.
“Any increase now is a burden to every student here,” said Morrell Campbell, a student at Gateway Community College in New Haven.
“I come here to save money, not spend more,” said Victoria Illingworth, a Gateway student from Branford.
Right now, full-time students pay the same tuition, whether its for 12 credits on up to 18 credits at Connecticut community colleges. That may soon change because leaders are looking to charge per-credit for full-time students, as opposed to a flat fee.
A statement from Connecticut State Colleges and Universities reads in part: “Last year, approximately 17,000 students…took advantage of this opportunity at a cost of $8 million to the system.”
Full-time students we spoke with at Gateway in New Haven said they enrolled specifically for affordability.
“I’m paying out of pocket which I’m able to do, compared to a state college or private university,” said Andre Johnson, a Gateway student from Cheshire.
“A price increase would pretty much almost put me out of school,” Campbell said.
Officials said they’ve considered this for many years and that it’s now a necessity. The statement to News 8 reads “In our continued effort to address decreased funding, we have proposed a policy that would require students to pay for each additional credit…This policy does not propose a tuition increase per credit but rather that these students pay for all the credits they take.”
The reality is, if the policy is approved, some students will have to be enrolled at community colleges longer than they planned.
“Have to probably take more classes here and instead of transferring next fall I’d transfer next spring or something,” Illingworth said.
“With credits I already had I’d be done next year,” Johnson said. “But if they’re going to kick up tuition that’s going to elongate that.”
Right now this is only a proposal. There’s expected to be a full discussion at Thursday’s Finance Committee meeting.