Connecticut colleges face delays, financial shortfalls due to COVD-19 concerns

Officials say UConn is facing its biggest shortfall in history because it had to refund more than $30 million when it closed early late semester.

News 12 Staff

Aug 29, 2020, 2:33 PM

Updated 1,386 days ago

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Connecticut colleges are facing delays and major financial shortfalls due to coronavirus concerns.
Western Connecticut State University announced that it is pushing back the date for when students will be allowed to learn and live on campus.
The school switched to online classes and closed its dorms because of the uptick of cases in Danbury.
The school originally said the delay would be two weeks, but it now has set Sept. 12 as the new move in date for live-in students.
The University of Connecticut says COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on the school's finances.
The school says it has already spent $3 million in COVID-19-related expenses this school year.
Officials say UConn is facing its biggest shortfall in history because it had to refund more than $30 million when it closed early late semester.
"UConn currently projects a $74 million deficit, or loss in fiscal '21, including both the fall and spring semester," Chief Financial Officer Scott Jordan says. "We have already identified $48 millions in actions we can take to mitigate the deficit leaving the deficit at $26 million, which we are asking the state to cover."
UConn is also dealing with a COVID-19 cluster inside a dorm. The entire 300-person building is being quarantined for two weeks.


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