Advocate for Increased funding for need-based financial aid in the Roberta Willis Scholarship Program
CCIC will work to maintain or increase funding for need-based financial aid under the Roberta Willis Scholarship Program. Between 2008 and 2019, need-based aid in Connecticut was reduced by nearly 60 percent. Connecticut now ranks last in the region in our investment in need-based financial aid as a percentage of our overall higher education spending, at just 3 percent. This has led to a significant amount of unmet need; with nearly 40,000 enrolled students eligible to receive a grant yet just 11,000 students receiving a grant.
Maintain Current Tax Status of CCIC Institutions
CCIC will work to ensure that current tax exemptions for non-profit independent colleges and universities remain intact.
Advocate for the Independent Colleges to be Included in Workforce & Economic Development Strategies
CCIC will continue to educate lawmakers about the economic impact of the independent college sector as anchor institutions in the state.
In addition, we will advocate to ensure that the independent college sector continues to be considered a key partner in state workforce development strategies with a specific focus on educating policymakers around our capacity to support efforts to:
- Align degree production with workforce needs
- Retain Talent in CT
- Expand Dual-Credit Opportunities
- Promote Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Maintain Support for the Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILOT) Program
CCIC will seek to maintain or increase current appropriation levels for PILOT grants to municipalities.
Leadership, Advocacy and Ongoing Review of Proposed Legislation
CCIC will provide information to the General Assembly regarding the impact of independent colleges and universities on the educational, economic, and community life of Connecticut and its citizens. An ongoing review of all bills and amendments introduced during the legislative session will be conducted to determine whether there are impacts on independent colleges and universities. CCIC will take positions on legislation affecting member institutions as appropriate.
Approved by CCIC Board on November 4, 2021.