Update: UConn Trustees Approve 6 Percent Tuition Hike

What do you think about the tuition increase? Add your thoughts in the comments

Update: The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees today approved a 6 percent increase for tuition, according to the Connecticut Mirror.Today the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees will consider tuition and fee hikes that could significantly affect the budgets of thousands of students.

Original story:

"The university administration has proposed a four-year plan to increase tuition and fees by between 6 percent and 6.75 percent each year over the next four years. Room and board rates would increase by 3 percent, making the overall cost of attending UConn rise by between 4.2 percent and 4.6 percent each year," the Hartford Courant reports in this morning's edition.

In a Patch poll in September, we asked, "Is UConn too expensive?" 70 percent of the 162 respondents answered "yes."

What do you think about this proposal? Add your thoughts in the comments.

claudia mathison December 20, 2011 at 02:58 PM
UCONN was a good choice for my daughter but it is becoming very expensive even for in state students. Lucky for me she gradutes this spring!
JayD December 21, 2011 at 02:00 PM
At least when you leave UConn, providing you graduate, you have a degree for the money spent. What do you get from the town of Clinton for your tax dollar that happens to have the highest mill rate on the shoreline?
judith graziano December 24, 2011 at 04:42 AM
Maybe the current teachers need to work a little harder and longer hours. Businesses are now asking their employees to do more because of the economy and this should apply to teachers also. Maybe cutting down on publishing and sabbaticals during this economy is not too much to ask.
Sharon Pealer December 24, 2011 at 02:51 PM
@judith graziano the old saw of publish or perish has a reason for existing. Universities need to have well recognized profs to attract the best students. This applies to UCONN as well as other universities in the state. People are so proud, and indeed happy to be able to send their students to one of the top universities in the country and Uconn is now one of the top in research in the country. As taxpayers we don't complain about paying days for teacher training at the lower levels do we? There is also a fact that a certain percentage of the schools profs are part time with other jobs to pay the bills because the school only has the funds to pay for X number of full timers. I would and do not complain about the cost because of the professional teaching staff. I do not agree with the taxpayer funding the expansion at the med school for private industry.
JQSmithee December 24, 2011 at 04:24 PM
People get confused when comparing education of any level to business. Over time, businesses have been able to become more efficient. Because of improvements in technology, more can be produced with less staff and/or hours. Education does not work that way. Student-teacher ratios and the work required to educate students cannot "become more efficient". And by the way, teachers at all levels are working harder and longer hours as demands of the job increase (mostly with useless paperwork) and increasingly demanding parents. Teachers are also getting behind in salaries, just like everyone else. That 6% tuition increase will not be going to teachers.


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