Becky Bombero is a UCONN Political Science and Communications graduate. She is currently the Mayor's campaign assistant.
93 New Haven students received acceptance letters from the University of Connecticut. They join the 45 students from 2 years ago, and 55 students from last year who were welcomed by the Huskies. This is no small accomplishment considering that UConn's standards are rising on the helms of UCONN 2000 and last year's two national titles.
The increase in students from New Haven truly impresses me - but does not surprise me. New Haven public schools have experienced a metamorphous over the past decade. With the landmark $1.3 billion school construction project and the dramatic reduction of the drop out rate down from 12.5% to 6.4% over the Mayor's tenure - New Haven students are poised for success.
Like the mayor, and so many Connecticut residents I am a UConn grad. I graduated last May and am proud to see the continued popularity of my alma mater. But my growing concern is the rising cost. While it is terrific to see 93 New Haven students gain acceptance from UConn I worry that tuition may still be a barrier for them. In my four years at UConn tuition increased nearly 50%. While I was on academic scholarship my award; which was 50% of tuition when I started; did not grow as tuition did. While my parents and I could afford to make up the difference I am worried that others may not be able to afford the wonderful opportunities that await them at UConn.
If you went to college how did you afford it? If you didn't go to college was the cost a barrier? If you have kids - how do you plan to pay for their college expenses? What do you think the state and governor can do to help?