UConn Tuition Increases Approved

Board of Trustees Unanimously Back Five-Year Plan

Dave Mager
December 11, 2019 - 11:52 pm
UConn Board of Trustees meets at Wilbur Cross Building, Storrs, 12/11/19

Dave Mager, WTIC News

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With a unanimous vote, the UConn Board of Trustees approved a five year run of tuition increases that start in the 2020-21 school year.

In developing their "Five-Year Tuition Plan," top UConn officials say they attempted to balance the fiscal needs of the university with students' concerns about the surging cost of a college education.

"No one ever scheduled a parade in honor of raising prices," said Board Chairman Dan Toscano, who says he understands student skepticism about the hikes. At the same time, Toscano points out that much of the increased revenue will be folded back into financial aid.

"There's a view that a lot of students don't apply to UConn because they think, 'I can't afford it.' We want to send a message: Don't prejudge the cost of coming to UConn because we have programs that can help you."

The upcoming tuition increases are lower than those which took effect in 2015.

"We're doing this in order to reinforce the social contract and the commitment we have to providing high-quality, affordable education," said UConn President Tom Katsouleas. 

Tuition for all undergraduate students will go up by $608 for the 2020-21 school year. The annual increase will build to $679. by 2024-25.  

Over five years, state residents will see a tuition hike of more than 23% ($13,798 in 2019-20 to $17,012. in 2023-24).

Out-of-state students, who already pay a significantly higher tuition to attend UConn, will see an increase of 9% over the same period ($36,466 in 2019-20 to $39,680. in 2024-25).

These tuition rates come before room, board and fees.

"Ideally, we'd like to keep (tuition increases) as low as we possibly could," added Katsouleas.

"The other goal was to try to be as transparent as possible. We had a pretty positive response from students we shared this with. They understand building quality, particularly we're going to continue to try to recruit faculty that are even more distinguished and diverse than our current faculty. We don't do that without increasing our investment."