If Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has his way, five private colleges with rich endowments would be kicked out of the running to receive money from the state.

The move would cut the $4.8 million the state is currently sending to Trinity College and to Fairfield, Quinnipiac and Wesleyan universities for scholarships for 3,320 students. Yale, which was not slated to receive money this year, would permanently become ineligible for this money, known as CICS. The other 11 private colleges in the state with less robust endowments would still receive $11.3 million to provide scholarships for low-income students.

While students from private colleges traveled to the state Capitol complex to voice their opposition — some from the five colleges impacted by the proposed cuts — the leader of the state office responsible for this scholarship grant explained that there would be an impact only on colleges with endowments over $200 million.

“With an endowment that large, they can come up with institutional aid,” Jane Ciarleglio told the Hartford Courant.

This is not the first time the legislature and Malloy have considered making cuts to higher education. The state public universities will receive a 9 percent drop in state funding — totaling $50 million — for the current fiscal year. The private colleges were cut by 22 percent, or $5.3 million, for this year.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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