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Tuition, Fees to Rise at State's Colleges and Universities

Board of Regents votes to approve the increase today

Board members for the state's 16 public colleges have approved raising tuition, starting next school year.

Average tuition and fees at the state's four universities will jump 3.8 percent or an average of $315 for students who commute, according to the Hartford Courant, to an average of $8,556. For Connecticut students who live at the university, the increase is 3.7 percent, pushing tuition and fees up by $676.

At the state's 12 community colleges, tuition and fees will go up 3.1 percent, or $108, to $3,598.

Only the two student representatives on the Board of Regents voted against the increases.

What do you think? Is the education the students receive worth the rising cost of tuition? Let us know in the comment box.

Brett Vondeck January 19, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Great, more student debt. Unbelievable!!!
Andra Ingalls January 20, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Student debt is not a requirement for a good education. Check out CollegePlus.org for an out-of-the-box approach to a college degree that will leave you educated and debt free.
LiveForFreedom January 20, 2012 at 03:31 PM
This is certainly grim news for students and parents already hard pressed to meet expenses for a four year college degree in the state of Connecticut. The regents board says that they need the additional tuition money to raise salaries and hire better quality professors. Is this the most important thing to do in a bad economic downturn? State revenues are down again and the governor says that we will need new tax revenue in 2013. These universities will get less allocation if the state of Connecticut faces another deficit next year Students are saddled with high tuition, housing costs, fees, computer costs, books and supples easily making a year at UCONN costing $25,698 per year and $42,694 for out of state residents . These are estimated costs from the UCONN website. So four years at UCONN costs about $102,792. Considering the very bleak job outlook in the state of Connecticut, it may be a better opportunity for students to go get vocational training at the many trade schools looking for students. The student would be trained real job skills a a job that is in demand. The student can save the $100,000 for college and buy a two family duplex house, pay cash and rent the duplex side of the house. So what is better? A Bachelors Degree in Psychology or History along with $100,000 in student loan debt? Or a paid up house and a career as a skilled tradesman?

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