Desten Savariau – Editor
As of Fall 2023, students will be required to pay up to $12,847 more in tuition per year.
Following a meeting of the Conecticut State College & Universities Board of Regents for Higher Education on October 12, the Finance and Infrastructure Committee decided to raise tuition fees by an average of 3%. This means students will have to pay an average of $367 more per semester.
Diamond English, a psychology senior, noted how her boyfriend came to college from the south but was forced to leave because he could no longer afford the school.
“It’s just downright unfair. I just feel like all the money they take is ridiculous. Do you know how many black students can’t afford to go here already? This will be most unfair to those who are already struggling to pay for college,” English said.
According to the financial report, this tuition increase applies to all state universities. However, it is the cost that varies from school to school. The university will increase housing costs by $152 and Food Service costs by $161.
“I feel that as a social justice university, this increase in tuition will hurt the students of the global community more than they realize,” said psychology student Steven Ibekwe, a junior.
Recreation and Leisure Studies Major Carina Fortunato, a senior, notes how difficult it will be for students to pay more money in tuition who are already struggling to pay for college.
“I mean, it’s definitely not convenient and it’s definitely going to be more stressful for students who rely on financial aid, don’t get a scholarship, or pay out of pocket. It becomes even more stressful, especially for people who use payment plans while holding two or more jobs. Fortune said.
“the 3% increase in tuition is to raise approximately $13.4 million, which will pay off the $56 million shortfall for universities,” the university’s financial report said.
This 3 percent increase in tuition fees comes just one year after another 4 percent increase in tuition fees from the 2022-2023 school year.
“I’m not surprised. We’re paying more every year, we just don’t notice. What’s worse is that they keep putting money into the wrong things. Like, where is this money really going? said social work major Shoshana Mahon, a junior.