Advocate for Increased funding for need-based financial aid in the Roberta Willis Scholarship Program
CCIC will advocate to increase the general fund appropriation for need-based financial aid under the Roberta Willis Scholarship Program.
The general fund appropriation for state financial aid that provides need-based grants for CT students to attend CT higher education institutions has been cut 46% since FY 11 and has been flat funded at $33 million since FY 18. Connecticut now ranks last in the region and 45th in the country in our investment in need-based financial aid as a percentage of our overall higher education spending, at just 2.4 percent. This is leading to significant unmet need: In FY 20, nearly 40,000 students enrolled in post-secondary in Connecticut are eligible to receive a Willis-grant yet less than 10,500 students received the grant in 2020. Investing more in need-based aid will support the state’s goals of having a highly trained workforce, retaining more young people, and promoting access to quality post-secondary education.
Maintain Current Tax Status of CCIC Institutions
Advocate for the Independent Colleges to be Included in Workforce & Economic Development Strategies
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:
Maintain Support for the Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILOT) Program
Leadership, Advocacy and Ongoing Review of Proposed Legislation
Approved by CCIC Board on November 10, 2022.