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WestConn to offer in-state rate for tuition, fees to nearby New York students

Western Connecticut State University is offering in-state tuition to residents of seven New York counties starting with the Fall 2017 semester.

Students from Putnam, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, Rockland and Ulster will be able to enroll at WCSU at the annual rate of $10,017, the same amount paid by Connecticut residents. Out-of-state tuition and fees for these students has been $22,878.

“We will be providing our New York neighbors in the Hudson River region the same high-quality and affordable education as Connecticut residents enjoy,” said President John Clark. “I invite everyone in the seven Hudson Valley counties to expand your college search and come visit our beautiful campuses.”

Among the university’s 38 bachelor degree programs, WCSU offers numerous professional degrees – including business management, marketing, accounting, biology, nursing, education, counseling, communication, psychology and justice and law administration. It is the designated school for the visual and performing arts in the system of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) and features a $97 million facility that houses a concert hall, art gallery, two theaters and rehearsal and classroom spaces.

With easy access from Interstate-84 or Metro-North, WCSU students enjoy up-to-date sports facilities for intermural, club and Division III athletes, more than 80 student clubs, a nature preserve, suite-style residence halls, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Students looking for the highest academic challenge can explore the innovative Kathwari Honors Program, open to students in all of the university’s four schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will this go into effect?

Fall 2017

Who qualifies?

All Students who attend as a full time student from Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties in New York.  

What is the discount?

Eligible students from select counties will qualify for Connecticut in-state tuition which is currently $10,017. A discount of over $12,000 from the out of state price.  

What if I am living on campus?

This discount covers tuition and fees. Room and board is an additional flat cost for any Western student.

Does this apply to current Western Students?

Yes! Current students from effected counties will be included into the program.

Will I still be eligible for financial aid with this discount?

Yes, all students must complete the FASFA to qualify for financial aid.

This says “Pilot Program” is this permanent?

At this point it is a two year program. However, it will be evaluated for continuation upon the completion of the pilot.  Any student accepted into the program will receive the in-state tuition rate until they have completed a degree.


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