University of Connecticut students could see tuition go up 5 percent to 6 percent in each of the next four years if university officials go forward with one of two budget options discussed Monday at a town hall-style meeting on campus.
UConn President Susan Herbst said she thought an increase in this range may be appropriate, particularly because if maintained over four years, it would allow the university to hire more professors and reduce the faculty to student ratio.
This year that ratio is 18-to-1. With four years of increases between 5 percent and 6 percent, the university could reduce that ratio to 15-to-1 by the academic year 2015-16, UConn's projections show.
Last year, the board of trustees approved a low tuition increase for the current academic year: 2.44 percent. Richard Gray, chief financial officer, said Monday afternoon that if a tuition increase of 2.5 percent is approved for the next academic year, the university would break even and be unable to hire new facutly.