Cost of Attendance Report for 1997
How Much Does It Cost to Go to College in Connecticut?
Public Colleges and Universities
Tuition and fee rates vary depending on the type of institution, whether or not the student attends full- or part-time and whether or not the student decides to live on campus. At Connecticut’s public colleges and universities, costs this year range from $1,722 for a full-time commuting student attending a Community-Technical College to $10,276 for a student residing on campus at the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus as shown in the Table 1 below. A more detailed listing of tuition and fees is included in Attachment B. It is important to note that students also must pay for books, transportation and other miscellaneous costs which are not captured in these tuition and fee schedules. This is discussed later in this report.
Rates have increased remarkably over the last 10 years. While this is due mainly to a decline in state support, it also is a function of the rising cost of labor and commodities, and a conscious decision to increase spending in areas such as technology, development and marketing.
As shown in Chart 2 below, tuition and fees (not including room and board) at the University of Connecticut have climbed 117 percent since 1989, or by an average of 10.2 percent per year, from $2,133 to $4,974. Next year, rates are expected to climb another 5.4 percent to $5,242. Part of the reason for this increase is the implementation of a new Infrastructure Maintenance Fee to help finance debt service on a new dormitory complex.
Chart 2: University of Connecticut Tuition and Fee Growth 1989-1998
At the Connecticut State University, costs have grown by over 132 percent since 1989, from $1,510 to $3,509 (Chart 3). This represents a growth of more than 11.1 percent per year. This year, the introduction of a new technology fee added significantly to the price increase. Next year, rates are scheduled to increase by about 3.1 percent to $3,609.
Chart 3: Connecticut State University Tuition and Fee Growth 1989-1998
Finally, costs at the Community-Technical Colleges increased from a mere $790 in 1989 to $1,722 in 1997, or by over 118 percent (Chart 4). The annual rate of growth averaged 10.2 percent. Next year, full-time Community-Technical College students will pay an average of $1,814, or 5.3 percent more than this year.
Chart 4: Community-Technical Colleges Tuition and Fee Growth 1989-1998
Connecticut Independent Colleges and Universities
Connecticut is fortunate to have a healthy variety of independent (private) higher education institutions which serve about 37% of the students seeking higher education in Connecticut. Costs within the independent sector also vary significantly. Like the public sector, costs grew significantly over the last 10 years, but at much lower rates (Chart 5 and Table 2). At the four-year national independents which include Yale, Trinity, Wesleyan, and Connecticut College, costs average $22,092 this year. At the other four-year independent colleges, students pay an average of $13,764.
Chart 5: Connecticut Independent Colleges Average Tuition and Fees
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