by Analisa Novak
Frustration and disappointment can be felt on the Central Connecticut campus, as it was announced over spring break that CSCU President Mark Ojakain proposed a five percent increase on this year’s upcoming tuition. Tuition will rise from $9,609 to $10,089 – a $480 increase.
In a statement made by Ojakain he states that the increase, “is fair given our current environment.” But CCSU students find it the opposite
“It’s not fair, I’m graduating this year, but this will affect future CCSU students,” said senior Darlene Allen.
The budget increase will affect all colleges and university in the state, but with state universities being affected the highest. Connecticut Community Colleges will also have an increase, significantly less, at just $141 dollars.
Most students select state universities because of their low cost and affordability, but with increase in tuition students may think twice about attending CCSU.
“I think it’s a bad idea to raise the tuition. We are already paying enough as it is. Why do I need to pay more just to go here especially when they are closing down two buildings this semester?” said sophomore Ashley Rodriguez.
This is the first time in the history of CCSU that tuition will break over $10,000.
This $480 dollar increase is detrimental to students who are barley making ends meet.
“For someone who has car payments, rent to pay, doctor bills or kids to take care of, it’s going to affect the ability for a lot of students to attend the school,” said Wyatt Bosworth, Student Government Chair of Academic Affairs and BOR Student Representative.
It has not been said how this will affect school programing and financial aid. Just to attend the university may require more planning and reaching out to recourses to afford just tuition.
“My parents pay for my tuition and after the increase, they are probably going to tell me to look for scholarships,” said freshman Keeley Scott.
“I’m probably going to take out more loans,” said freshman Adam Levoy as his solution to the tuition increase.
President Ojakian stated in his statement that this tuition increase will, “keep our schools affordable, so you [students] are not burdened with crippling debt when you graduate.”
But those who are just starting to take out student loans find this statement to the be inaccurate.
“I just started student loans and now savings just went out the door. It didn’t last long, I have to do graduate school too so that’s going to be fun,” said sophomore Ian Cocking.
While UCONN may be going through similar tuition increases, its tuition currently stands at $10,254. If not increased that would only make it $169 more to attend compared to CCSU.
“It’s kind of getting to the point of why come here? Why not go to a higher end school where it looks better on your resume,” said Junior Jackie Maynard.
These tuition increases are not only going to affect the imminent future of CCSU students but will continue to impact students for months and years to come.
“It’s my last semester and it’s going to affect me in the long run, it’s going to be more that I have to pay back, more loans that I have to take out in order to pay for it,” senior Johanna Pillati commented.
The Board Of Regents (BOR) decision on this tuition increase will be officially made by the end of this week.