Kane Opposes Potential Tuition Hikes at NVCC, Community Colleges

October 12, 2016


Regents Finance Board Meets Thursday

Sen. Rob Kane (R-Watertown) is urging state higher education officials to reject a proposal to hike tuition for students in Connecticut’s community college system.

The state Board of Regents finance committee, which is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, is considering a tuition hike in mandatory fees for every credit a student takes above 12.

“If it passes, this will be another burden, another price increase, and another roadblock for students who want affordable, accessible higher education,” Sen. Kane said. “I urge the panel to reject this hike.”

Sen. Kane called Naugatuck Valley Community College “a regional success story” which provides a steady supply of workforce talent for businesses in greater Waterbury, greater Danbury and throughout Connecticut.

Kane said an increase in tuition, combined with a 3.5 % tuition increase enacted by the Board of Regents earlier this year, would run counter to the gains being made at community colleges.

*Sen. Kane (www.SenatorKane.com) represents Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Seymour, Southbury, Washington, Watertown and Woodbury.