States rescissions will not affect tuition rates, university says

The latest budget cuts will include more than $6 million in hits to UConn. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

The latest budget cuts will include more than $6 million in hits to UConn. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

The recent glut of rescissions set forth by Gov. Malloy Wednesday will not impact tuition rates for the University of Connecticut, said UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz.

“UConn has already been keeping a tight rein on spending, hiring and the use of its resources, so it will be able to manage through the rest of the fiscal year,” Reitz said. “Tuition will not be raised in response.”

The rescissions included over $6 million in hits to UConn. $3.8 million has been allocated from the Storrs campus and UConn’s regional campuses, and $2.2 million has been allocated from UConn Health, Reitz said. The rescissions mean that UConn will be required to pay back a certain amount of money originally allocated by the state.

Malloy sent a letter on May 10 to legislative leaders detailing the rescissions being made. The rescissions are a part of an effort to cover the $389.8 million in the Connecticut State Budget, according to the letter.

“Given recent revenue projections showing the state at a potential shortfall, I find it necessary to take aggressive steps to ensure this year’s budget ends in balance,” Malloy said. “My overriding goal is to solve this fiscal year’s potential shortfall without engaging in deficit borrowing.”

Other programs affected by the rescission include the Connecticut State Department of Education, the Office of Higher Education and other public colleges such as Central Connecticut State University.

“The impact of cuts to UConn associated with the state’s efforts to close such a huge deficit is a very serious concern to the university,” Reitz said.


Marlese Lessing is the news editor for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at marlese.lessing@uconn.edu. She tweets @marlese_lessing.