STORRS, CT (WFSB) – Lower-income Connecticut residents admitted to UConn as undergraduates will receive free tuition starting with the fall 2020 class.
The new initiative was announced by President Thomas C. Katsouleas during his inauguration on Friday.
The initiative is known as the Connecticut Commitment.
A student is eligible if their family in Connecticut has a household income of $50,000 or below annually.
“It is critical for U.S. higher education institutions to work to change both the perception and reality of what they deliver,” Katsouleas said Friday.
“This is critical for the future prosperity of Connecticut. To keep our brightest, most talented and most diverse human capital in Connecticut, we must continue to offer as many of them as possible a high quality and affordable education in their state.”
The Connecticut Commitment award will be available for admitted UConn undergraduate freshman students at all campuses and in all majors. It will also be open to new transfer students. The award will make up the difference between the cost of tuition and other aid, such as federal Pell Grants and need-based and merit-based awards.
Katsouleas will appear on Channel 3's Face the State with Dennis House where he was asked where the money is going to come from.
He says the plan is to pay for this through donations.
"The plan is to have an aggressive plan over the next couple of years to raise approximately $100 million dollars, which will throw off as an endowment of $4 million and fully cover the cost of this program. The [UConn] foundation is the primary fundraising arm," Katsouleas said.
Republicans are concerned with this plan.
"Is it going to go from tuition? Five of the last six years, we have gone up in tuition and we are pricing our kids out of UConn and that's not right," said Senator Len Fasano.
Further information and eligibility requirements can be found on the UConn Admissions website.