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A board of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities has approved a pilot program which would allow Western Connecticut State University to charge students from certain parts of New York in-state tuition.  The full Board of Regents must approve the plan. 


If it does, beginning next fall, students from seven New York counties could pay in-state tuition at West Conn.  The pilot program was proposed as the four state colleges and 12 community colleges face declining enrollment. 


West Conn officials say enrollment has dropped at the Danbury institution over the last five years, a decline seen in grade schools across Connecticut.  West Conn enrollment was down 15 percent, but the incoming class is a 15 percent increase over last year's freshman class.


Out of state tuition and fees for two semesters is about $24,000.  In-state tuition and fees costs about $12,000.  Housing is a separate fee. 


The Connecticut Mirror reports that West Conn has 200 empty dorm rooms.

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