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State colleges, universities begin presenting budgets

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The Board of Regents will hear CSCU budgets starting Wednesday. (WFSB file photo) The Board of Regents will hear CSCU budgets starting Wednesday. (WFSB file photo)

Connecticut college students will be paying more for college.

On Wednesday, the state's colleges and universities, with the exception of the University of Connecticut, began presenting their budgets to the Board of Regents for Higher Education.

Before any tuition increase goes forward, the budgets must be approved by the board.

The board hopes to agree upon a budget, pending the approval of a state budget, by June 9. The state's new fiscal year begins on July 1.

Most of the schools presented balanced budgets.

The meeting went into recess until Thursday. More schools will present their budgets then with hopes of concluding the process by Friday.

This year, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities schools will be getting less money from the state. University officials feel raising tuition is better than cutting programs.

"You're making it hard for us to succeed in this world, just making a living for ourselves and establish ourselves well," said Geoffrey Canales, a senior at Central Connecticut State University.

Some students told Eyewitness News that making through school just gets tougher year to year.

"Every year they try to raise the tuition and every year the students try and fight it and it's getting to the point where there's nothing we can do," said Nathan Cheatham, a CCSU student.

This week, the 17 CSCU schools will lay out their budgets for the board, which will then sign off on any increases.

The four state universities are looking for 5 percent increase in tuition, while 12 other universities are asking for 3.5 percent and Charter Oak is asking for a 4 percent increase.

It would total $141 extra for the entire year for community colleges.

The meetings will go on for the rest of the week and are open to the public.

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