President of CSCU recommends tuition increase

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(WTNH)– The president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities is calling for a tuition increase to all state schools.

President Mark E. Ojakian sent a letter recommending a tuition increase to all of the CSCU schools, which have a combined 85,000 students enrolled. Ojakian said it is a smaller increase than the previous two years.

In a letter, he explained:

“We are working hard every day to put our students first. That is why, like last year, I want you to hear this news directly from me. I am recommending a tuition increase at all of our schools. It is a smaller increase than the previous two years, and for the first time I am suggesting a two-year time frame so that students and families can plan better for their educational costs.”

It’s tough enough for Jahmil Effend to pay for college coming from a low-income household. He’s now a senior and the student government president at Central Connecticut State University.

“It does hurt though,” said Effend, an accountant and business major from Bristol. “It does hurt people like me.”

Ojakian says the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system is facing a $35 million deficit. His recommendation for the 12 community colleges and Charter Oak State College is:

CSCU Tuition/Fees Increase New Tuition/Fees (Fiscal Year 2018)

  • Universities $10,079 4.0% or $403 $10,482
  • Community Colleges $4,168 2.5% or $104 $4,276
  • Charter Oak State College $7,611 4.0% or $304 $7,915

CSCU Tuition/Fees Increase New Tuition/Fees (Fiscal Year 2019)

  • Universities $10,482 4.0% or $419 $10,901
  • Community Colleges $4,276 2.5% or $108 $4,384
  • Charter Oak State College $7,915 4.0% or $319 $8,234

The Board of Regents Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 29th to discuss this recommendation and they will vote on the increase on April 6th.

Ojakian added, “I am fully aware that an increase is still an increase and this will impact you and your families. As a public higher education system, we will work hard to provide you with the affordable high quality education you deserve and expect.”

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