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.

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