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Tuition Increase Set for 5.3 Percent

By Matt Kiernan

Students will see a 5.3 percent increase in their tuition in the fall 2009 semester to balance out the decrease in the state budget and what’s being given to the university.

In an interview with University President jack Miller, he discussed the cost rise of 5.3 percent in the university’s tuition. With a decrease in state funding, undergraduate in-state students will see their tuition increase by $372.

“Even though there’s an increase in the school’s tuition, we’re still cheaper than the CSU schools and UConn,” said Miller.

The main objective of the university is to make sure the tuition stays below the CSU schools’ average.

Although there will be an increase in the tuition, students will see some of the funds spent on them with 15 percent of those dollars spent on financial aid to help students who need it.

“We’re committed to a minimum of 15 percent to student financial aid per year and we’ve put more than 15 percent every year,” said Miller.

“We didn’t know how much people were going to pay,” said Miller.

Until now, there has been an examination of how much the school would have to raise the tuition for students and raise was announced last Thursday.

As indicated earlier in the semester by the CSU Board of Trustees, for jobs held by faculty members, lay-offs are still an unknown since there needs to be a concession of salaries. Management positions will have a reduction of 10 percent in total.

Miller said that as the bigger picture comes into view, the future for faculty members will become clear. He said that if his plans work out the way he expects for upcoming semester, he will let no one go.

Salary negotiations are being conducted to determine how much of a raise in a faculty member’s salary will be added. The university has already determined that there will be no raises for management position salaries.

Hiring for new faculty is being conducted through interviews and the university is still accepting applications for positions that are open. The university is careful to make sure the person coming to fill the job is the right candidate, and is paying close attention to how its money is spent on each individual.

Miller doesn’t believe that the amount of students enrolling at CCSU will have a big increase. He estimates the figure at a couple hundred students more or less.

Many of the students that would have normally been accepted under better economic conditions are now going to be put on a waiting list for admittance.

A projected increase in student population is also believed to not have an effect on the amount of housing that will be available to students.

Although obtaining on-campus housing is already difficult, it’s predicted that the process of securing dorms will not become more difficult than the current conditions.

The university plans to increase places for housing on-campus by more than 50 percent within the coming years. The plans are being conducted already but will take some years to be taken underway.

Negotiations for all of the subjects are still underway.