The University of Connecticut’s Board of Trustees approved a four year tuition increase plan on Wednesday.
The board met on the Storrs campus and passed the previously proposed hike.
The plan amounts to about $3,000 over the next four years.
Tuition for in-state students will rise from the current $10,524 to $13,799 in the 2019-20 school year. Tuition for out-of-state students would go from $32,066 to $36,466.
It’s caused concern among students and even lawmakers that the school is becoming unaffordable.
However, UConn said it’s facing a potential budget deficit of about $40 million.
It said it’s looking to protect academic quality, which meant it didn’t want to cut classes or professors. It felt raising tuition was the best way to reduce expenses.
UConn has been steadily raising tuition. Over the past 12 years, it’s doubled.
Other fees have gone up as well.
The University said it feels the most recent hike is reasonable.
Yet students told Eyewitness News they are feeling the pinch and are worried they might not be able to afford a four year degree.
"When it comes to UConn's finances going forward, we are not talking about an ‘either or’ question,” said UConn president Susan Herbst. “The reality is we have to increase tuition and cut costs simultaneously in order to generate resources to protect academic quality and student outcomes."
"It's a shame, being a student and having to see that," said UConn sophomore Peter Carcia.
UConn gets money from the state, roughly 30 percent of its budget, as well as grants for some of the new buildings on campus, but the budget proposed by democratic lawmakers cuts funding.
"We put them in that position to have to do these increases but on the other hand have to keep them accountable for the salaries they have," said State Senator, and Republican Minority Leader Len Fasano said.
UConn said while the state covers the cost for some of its new buildings, there are still operating expenses. Rising costs are causing the universities in other states to lure students.
It's also no secret that some of UConn's administrators make big salaries, and some feel maybe that should be looked at to offset tuition increases.
"I am education major so this is something I feel is important to address---especially since I work with many of my professors --- while their administrators seem to cash in on my money," said UConn junior Matt DePalma.
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