(Watch the Ch. 3 Story) Here’s why I am criticizing the UConn tuition hike proposal.

December 2, 2015

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STORRS, CT (WFSB) -It could soon cost more to attend one of the state’s premier universities.

Officials at the University of Connecticut said they’re considering a tuition hike because they need more money to run the school.

They said it would happen gradually over the next few years and would eventually bump the cost up between $3,000 and $4,000 for all students.

“I think they should consider that we’re students, and we have a lot on our plates already,” said Erica Muzzulin, UConn student.

In-state tuition is at $10,524 for the 2015-2016 academic year. The proposed hike would bring it to more than $13,000 by 2019.

Tuition for out-of-state students would also go up by about $4,000, which would bring that total to more than $36,000 by 2019.

“I don’t think it’s right,” said Austin Elliott, also a UConn student. “I mean I’m trying to pay for school and I can’t pay for school if it keeps going up.”

UConn President Susan Herbst called the increase necessary to protect the school’s high quality education. She said the university is operating at a $40 million deficit. The increase would generate almost $13 million in the first year alone.

Folks have been weighing in on the proposal over social media.

Some said they were grateful that they were done with their higher education and that they were worried for the future of it for their children.

The proposal will go before the Board of Trustees for approval in two weeks.