Regents to consider in-state tuition for new arrivals from Puerto Rico


The student center at Central Connecticut State University

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.

About Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline won two first prizes from the Education Writers Association for her work in 2012 – one in beat reporting for her overall education coverage, and the other in investigative reporting on a series of stories revealing questionable monetary and personnel actions taken by the Board of Regents for Higher Education. In 2016, she was a finalist in the EWA competition for single-topic coverage for her reporting on how schools are funded in Connecticut. Before coming to The Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for Southern Maryland Newspapers. She has also worked for Congressional Quarterly and the Toledo Free Press. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College. She and her husband, two sons and two dogs live in Hartford.