University of Bridgeport extends in-state tuition break
Published 3:56 pm, Monday, March 6, 2017
A program aimed at bringing more state students to the University of Bridgeport is paying off.
Since its implementation in the fall, more than 200 students have benefited from the university’s Connecticut Promise, a program aimed at limiting out-of-pocket costs for in-state freshmen.
Last spring, the private university capped at $18,500 the amount a Connecticut freshman would pay for a year of tuition, fees, and room and board after scholarships and grants were factored in. A commuting freshman’s out-of-pocket costs would be capped at $12,000 a year.
The school has announced the program will continue in the coming academic year.
“We’ve seen a good increase for students interested in UB because of Connecticut Promise,” said Karissa Peckham, associate vice president for enrollment. “It’s made it more affordable.”
About 100 state students enrolled in UB for the 2015-’16 academic year. With more than 215 state students this year, administrators are crediting the tuition program for the gains, which appear to be increasing.
The school reported a 63 percent growth in applications from Connecticut in the past year, and a 71 percent growth in admissions from the state. Connecticut Promise is aimed at competing with the price of public universities, which are typically less expensive than private institutions like UB.
The program is available to first-time, full-time freshmen from Connecticut, and the discount stays with students throughout their four years. This year’s freshman class numbers about 500 students, Peckham said.
According the university’s website, full-time tuition at UB is about $30,000 per year, with tuition and fees pushing the sticker price much higher.
Peckham said the school is seeing a financial gain from the reduced tuition because of increased interest.
“We were hoping it would help us enroll more students,” she said. “It’s a no-brainer to continue, and financially it has not been harmful.”
UB provides financial aid to 96 percent of its first-time students, with $20 million in assistance provided to university students last year.
“Our priority has always been — and always will be — our students,” said UB President Neil Albert Salonen. “By initiating programs like the Connecticut Promise to decrease the cost of a quality education and combat the widespread issue of student debt, we feel confident that we can continue to open our doors to even more students across all walks of life.”
To learn more about the Connecticut Promise, visit http://www.bridgeport.edu/ctpromise/.