At the start of the budget season, University of Connecticut administrators voiced a commitment to protecting the academic enterprise while working to keep tuition at the levels set in the current four-year plan.
“Our goal is to be affordable and accessible to all,” Scott Jordan, UConn’s chief financial officer and executive vice president for administration, said at the time.
By many indicators, the University has made inroads to achieve that goal. A few years ago, the state legislature’s Program Review and Investigations Committee reported that the University’s affordability compared favorably to other flagship universities and peer institutions. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Princeton Review, and Money Magazine have all come to similar conclusions, ranking the University among the “best values” in higher education in recent years.
The University offers a package of grants and loans to help disadvantaged students afford an array of direct education expenses including tuition, fees and room and board. The support for students is both need- and merit-based.
But affordability and accessibility are all about providing students an opportunity to achieve their goals.
Students like UConn alumni Dennis ’04 (BUS) and William Bok ’08 (CLAS) who were self-described “troublemakers” as kids. After graduating, the brothers founded FroyoWorld – Connecticut’s first self-serve frozen yogurt chain.
The Boks credit UConn – and specifically the Student Support Services program in which they both participated – with helping them achieve such success. Student Support Services provides advising, academic support, and advocacy for first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students at UConn.
Current students now taking advantage of UConn’s opportunities:
Mohammad Mansour ’20, pre-pharmacy
Mohammad Mansour, the youngest of six siblings to pursue undergraduate studies at the Avery Point campus. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)A 2016 graduate of Fitch High School in Groton, Conn., Mohammad Mansour – and his five siblings before him – chose to attend UConn Avery Point because of the campus’ proximity to his home …