University of Connecticut officials pitched a 5.8 percent tuition increase this week during the middle of finals week. Next week, the Board of Trustees is set to approve the increase while students are away on winter break.
A 5.8 percent increase in tuition and fees for undergraduates translates to a hike of $620 from the current years rate of $11,290. With room and board added, the cost is $22,430, a 4.4 percent increase overall.
The two forums held this week were sparsely attended.
Officials say they need to raise tuition by almost 30 percent over the next 5 years so they can hire additonal faculty so studets can get the courses they need to graduate on time.