The student center at Central Connecticut State University. CCSU
The student center at Central Connecticut State University CCSU

Residents of Puerto Rico who relocate to Connecticut and seek to enroll in college may soon be offered in-state tuition rates at the state’s community colleges and four regional state universities.

The finance committee for the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) system is slated to consider offering in-state rates during a meeting next week.

Several public university systems around the country also are considering or already have implemented discounted rates for those impact by Hurricane Maria – including colleges in New York and Florida.

In Connecticut, CSCU officials report that existing classes can accommodate additional students because enrollment in many of the system’s colleges has been declining for years.

The proposed discounted tuition – $5,469 for the Connecticut State Universities – would still be about twice as much as students would pay to attend the University of the Virgin Islands.

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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