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CSCU Board of Trustees Set to Vote on College Tuition Hikes – NBC Connecticut

Thousands of students face potentially higher costs to attend school in Connecticut.

On Thursday, education officials are expected to vote on tuition hikes for four state universities: Central, Eastern, Western and Southern Connecticut State University.

This does not include UConn.

“It’s frustrating. It’s annoying. It keeps happening,” said Central Connecticut State University student Adriana Mulet.

And the news comes just as many can now apply for federal student debt forgiveness.

“It’s quite bittersweet. Like a day our loans are helped and relieved and now our tuition is going up again,” said CCSU sophomore Emilia Dugas.

At a meeting in Hartford on Thursday, the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities Board of Regents is expected to vote on new tuition and fees for state universities.

For the systemwide average for undergraduate students in the state, commuting students would see their costs increase by about $350 to $12,847 for the 2023-2024 school year. Resident students would pay over $800 more for a total of $27,385.

“It just makes me feel like we’re struggling even harder, like they’re not giving us any respite at all,” Mulet said.

While CSCU deferred comment until after the vote, a report to the board says the proposal balances keeping the college affordable for students, covering rising costs, including salaries, and the impact of inflation on expenditure.

“Our faculty, staff and students are united in saying that raising tuition is a bad idea,” said Seth Freeman, president of the CT Community Colleges Congress.

The union represents community college staff and faculty.

Freeman is also a professor at Capitol Community College where a rally is scheduled for Thursday where people will speak out against tuition hikes already proposed and those that may be coming for community colleges.

“The other solutions basically involve getting more support from the legislature and increasing the investment our state provides in public higher education in our state,” Freeman said.

Thursday’s board meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the CSCU offices in Hartford. It will also be broadcast online.