College price tag: Plan to lower cost for out-of-state students abandoned
A proposal to lower by 2.6 percent the cost for out-of-state students to attend Connecticut universities has been rescinded. Instead, the Board of Regents’ Finance Committee next Thursday will vote on a proposal to raise tuition and fees for both out-of-state and in-state students by about 5 percent.
The proposal to decrease the price tag for out-of-state students was abandoned when committee members questioned whether the reduction would actually encourage greater enrollment from out-of-state students and whether it was worth the cost.
Students at Central Connecticut State University, unhappy that they may have to pay $835 more to attend class and live on campus next year, announced they plan to rally on campus against the increase on Monday at 2 p.m.
Included in the proposal for the committee to consider is a list of “risk factors” that still will face the 95,000-student college system next school year. Those risks include declining enrollments, mid-year funding cuts from the state, the inability to keep vacant positions open and retirement and health benefits costing more than expected.
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