Tuition will be going up at the four Connecticut state universities and Charter Oak State College after the Board of Regents for Higher Education voted Thursday on the 2019-2020 tuition rates.
The tuition will increase by 5 percent for the four Connecticut state universities.
Connecticut State Colleges and Universities said room fee increases will be capped at 2.5 percent and mandatory university fees will be held flat.
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The average Connecticut state university tuition and fees will increase by $479 or 4.4 percent for an in-state undergraduate commuter student and by $860 or 3.6 percent for in-state residential students.
Tuition for Charter Oak State College students will increase by 2.9 percent, while fees will increase by 4.2 percent.
“Tuition increases are always a last resort, and the board did not take this decision lightly,” Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian said in a statement. “We have always maintained that we would not balance budgets on the backs of students, and this step is no exception.”
“Even despite the increase, we anticipate drawing down on up to $20 million in university reserves. Our state colleges and universities are and will continue to be the most affordable and accessible option for Connecticut students to receive quality and affordable higher education,” Ojakian went on to say.
The system-wide average tuition and fees for the four Connecticut state universities will be $11,417 for in-state commuter students and $24,716 for resident students for the 2019-20 academic year.
The average Charter Oak State College student will pay $319 per credit in the 2019-20 academic year.
Tuition for community colleges has not yet been set and is expected to be decided at the April Board of Regents meeting.