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Trustees approve 3.5 percent increase in fees (Released: 11/10/95)

by Thomas Becher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees today(Nov. 10) unanimously approved a 3.5 percent increase effective next fall i variety of fees, including room and board.

Combined with a 3.5 percent increase in tuition approved in July, the cost of attending the University for in-state undergraduates will exceed $10,000 for the first time.

A public hearing on the proposal drew only 13 students last month. But today students crammed the meeting room to oppose the fee increases, which University officials said are necessary to maintain current services as state funding for the University diminishes.

"Nobody in this institution likes raising fees on students," Provost Mark Emmert told a trustee committee before the full board's vote. "But we're dealing with the same General Fund amount as in 1989. We must either provide fewer services or raise more money."

With the vote, the general university fee for undergraduates will increase 3.4 percent in 1996-97 to $856 from $828. Room fees will increase 3.5 percent to $2,694 from $2,604, while board fees will increase 3.5 percent to $2,608 from $2,520.

Combined with the tuition increase, in-state undergraduates will pay $10,276 a year, up from $9,934 this year. Out-of-state undergraduates will pay $18,546, up from $17,924.

Graduate students, meanwhile, will see their general university fee increase 3.4 percent to $634 from $612. The room fee will go up 3.5 percent to $2,990 from $2,888, while board costs will increase 3.5 percent to $2,608 from $2,520.

Combined with the tuition increase, in-state graduate students will pay $11,308 a year, up from $10,924, while out-of-state graduate students will pay $19,250, up from $18,598.

Other fee increases will affect the off-campus and executive master's of business administration programs, the Study Abroad Program, the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture, continuing education, the Graduate School, Law School, Stamford campus and summer German program.

Students made their opposition clear during the meeting.

"This 3.5 percent increase in fees is a big deal to students," said student government representative Scott Gyllensten. "It's equal to books for one semester or a phone bill for an entire year."

While the two student-elected trustees on the board agreed, they pointed out that students don't realize the financial constraints faced by the University.

"The money has got to come from somewhere," said student trustee Barnaby Horton. "Costs have gone up and we need to provide those services."

"The administration has been very sensitive to student concerns," added Lewis B. Rome, chair of the board.

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