Board of Regents set to raise 2013-14 tuition today

WILLIMANTIC — The Board of Regents for Higher Education, set to meet today at Eastern Connecticut State University, is expected to approve a  2013-14 tuition hike for both the four state universities, including Western in Danbury and Southern in New Haven, as well as the state’s 12 community colleges, including Housatonic in Bridgeport.

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The plan is to boost community colleges tuition by about 5.23 percent, from $3,598 to $3,786. Tuition and fees for in-state students attending Southern, Western, Central and Eastern Connecticut state universities, meanwhile, would go up an average of 5.1 percent, from $8,556 to $8,990.

In January, the board’s finance committee began exploring options to offset a cut in state funding and possible enrollment decline. There are 58,730 students attending the state’s community colleges and about 35,000 attending the state universities.

Linda Lambeck