The board governing the state’s largest public college system will likely vote in March for tuition increases.

Regents on the executive and finance committees were told last week that tuition would need to increase by 12.4 percent — or $1,375 for students living on campus — just to close the current deficit and continue providing the same level of services.

The finance committee plans to meet in February to finalize the recommended increase it will be making for the board to consider adopting at their March meeting.

“The level of state support is the single most important factor in considering tuition,” Zac Zeitlan, the vice chair of the Regents finance committee, told the full board Thursday.

The regents and college presidents will also be meeting students to guage their feelings on possible tuition increases.

The system largely balanced the $14.4 million in state cuts they incurred midyear by leaving 187 vacant teaching and administrative positions unfilled, resulting in $11.1 million in savings. The remaining gap was filled by not hiring the 47 new faculty promised when the sysetm was merged and $5 million was saved by elimating 24 administrative positions.

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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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