Tuition and fees at Connecticut’s four state universities will increase by an average of $291 per semester in the fall.
CSCU leaders say increasing labor costs, running out of federal funds and declining enrollment are some of the reasons for the tuition hike.
Fewer residents signed up for coverage through Access Health CT, the state’s insurance exchange, during the enrollment period that ended in January than during previous year, officials said Thursday.
Three weeks into open enrollment, the state’s insurance exchange has signed up about 20,000 people for 2020 health plans, roughly the same amount as this time last year, the group said Thursday.
New polling from Gallup shows that the percentage of uninsured Americans inched up last year, but there’s no evidence yet that Connecticut is following that national trend.
Access Health CT, the state’s insurance exchange, said Tuesday it will hold a special enrollment period during April to allow those who paid a penalty on their 2014 federal taxes for being uninsured to enroll for coverage for the balance of 2015 and limit penalties on their taxes next year.
People who didn’t have insurance last year – and didn’t have a valid excuse – will have to pay a fee when they file their taxes. That might prompt them to want to get coverage this year. Because the sign-up period ended Sunday, some are urging health insurance exchanges to hold special enrollment periods.
Fairfield County, a region marked by sharp disparities in income and in urban and suburban life, faces particular challenges in assuring all its residents a quality education. Today, a special report, “Education, Diversity and Change in Fairfield County,” explores the issue through in-depth policy reporting, interactive maps and charts, photo galleries and opinion pieces written by teachers from the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University.
The University of Connecticut announced Thursday that nearly 6,000 new students will attend the main campus in Storrs and the various branch campuses this fall, while officials hailed it as the most diverse in UConn history. Students can begin moving into residence halls on the Storrs campus beginning Friday while the fall semester classes start next week.
With his education agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama on Thursday urged Gregory W. Gray, Connecticut’s President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, and dozens of other university presidents to share each other’s methods of expanding access to higher education. “More than ever a college degree is the surest path to a stable middle class life,” Obama said at a White House conference on opening the door to college for more students, especially low-income youths.