The Board of Regents for Higher Education, which governs four state universities, 12 community colleges and Charter Oak State College, Thursday approved an increase in tuition and fees for the system’s nearly 100,000 students. The Board’s Finance Committee had previously approved the increase on March 14.
The tuition and fee increases for fiscal year 2014 include: Connecticut state universities’ tuition will rise 5.1 percent or $434 for in-state commuters and 4.1 percent of $778 for in-state residential students. Tuition will rise 4.1 percent or $1,251 for out-of-state residential students. Also, Connecticut community colleges’ tuition will increase 5.25 percent or $188 for full-time, in-state commuters.
In-state tuition at Charter Oak State College for fiscal year 2014 will increase by $13/credit, to $258/credit. The in-state college fee will increase $9 per semester to $180 per semester.
“I hope students, their parents and the public understand that this is a difficult decision, and we don’t make it lightly,” said Lewis J. Robinson, Chairman of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, in a press release. “My colleagues on the Board and I certainly understand why students don’t want to pay higher tuition and fees, but we are entrusted with an important fiduciary duty to assure the stability of our system, as well as to support student success. Sometimes, unfortunately, that means we must make some very tough decisions. We will continue to monitor the system office and campus budgets as we move through the fiscal year, and look for cost savings wherever possible. In the meantime, I would like to commend the students who spoke against this proposal over the past few weeks. They were respectful, well-spoken, and represented our colleges and universities admirably.”