UConn board set to approve 5 years of tuition hikes

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut’s Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a plan to increase undergraduate tuition by more than $3,200 over the next five years.

The plan would raise tuition by $608 next fall and by another $625; $642; $660; and $679 in the ensuing years.

That is an increase of more than 23% for in-state students, who currently pay $13,798 a year in tuition and just under 9% for out-of-state students, who currently pay $36,466.

Under the plan, the total cost of attending the school in the 2020-21 academic year, including fees, room and board and other costs would come to $31,092 for in-state students and $53,760 for out-of-state students.

Tuition and fees account for 41% of UConn’s annual $1.46 billion operating budget. The state funds 26%, with the rest of the school’s revenue coming from other sources, such as research grants and philanthropy.

UConn President Thomas Katsouleas defends the tuition hike as the lowest in recent years and says the proposal reflects the smallest possible increase in tuition necessary to maintain the school as a top academic institution.

Under a four-year plan adopted in 2015, in-state tuition increased at UConn this fall by $950 for in-state students and by $1,250 for out-of-state students.

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