Panel approves tuition increase for state college system, full vote on Tuesday

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HARTFORD — A plan to increase tuition at all 17 campuses of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system has received a preliminary approval.

The finance committee of the Board of Regents for Higher Education approved the tuition increases Monday. The full Board of Regents is expected to vote on the proposals Tuesday.

Plans call for a 5 percent increase at the four state universities, not including the University of Connecticut, boosting tuition to over $10,000. Community college tuition would increase 3.5 percent to nearly $4,200, and tuition at Charter Oak State College would increase 4 percent to just over $9,000.

The president of the state college and university system, Mark Ojakian, says the increases are needed partially because of an expected $26 million cut in state funding to the system.

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