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Student tuition Increases

Destene SavariauNews Editor

Starting Fall 2023, tuition will rise $12,847 in total.

After a Connecticut State College & Universities Board of Regents for Higher Education meeting on Oct. 12, the Finance and Infrastructure Committee decided to raise university tuition by an average of 3%. This means students will have to pay an average of $367 more per semester. 

Psychology major, Diamond English, a senior, commented on how her friend came to the university from the south but was forced to leave because he could not afford to pay for school anymore. 

“It’s just straight-up unfair. I just feel like all the funds they take is ridiculous. You know how many black students can’t afford to go here already? This is going to be the most unfair to those who already struggle at paying for college,” said English. 

According to the finance report, this tuition increase applies to all state universities. However, it is the fees that vary from school to school. The university is increasing the housing fee by $152 and the Food Service fee by $161.  

“I feel like as a social justice university, this raise in tuition is going to hurt students of the global community more than they realize,” Psychology major Steven Ibekwe, a junior, said. 

Recreation and leisure studies major Carina Fortunato, a senior, comments on how difficult this is going to be for students to pay more money in tuition who already struggle to pay for college. 

“I mean it’s definitely not convenient and it’s definitely going to put more stress on students who rely on financial aid, don’t get scholarships, or pay out of pocket. Especially for people who use payment plans while working two or more jobs, it’s going to be even more stressful,” said Fortunato. 

“the 3% increase in tuition is to raise about $13.4 million which will go towards paying off the $56 million deficit for universities,” according to the universities finance report 

This 3 percent tuition increase comes only one year after another 4% increase was placed on student fees from the school year 2022-2023. 

“I’m not surprised. We pay more every year, we just don’t notice. What’s worse is that they continue to put money towards the wrong things. Like, where is this money really even going?” Social work major Shoshana Mahon, a junior, said.  

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