University of Bridgeport Pledges “Connecticut Promise”

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Private university offers in-state students more affordable education

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"UB firmly believes that a solid education should be both accessible and attainable.” – Karissa Peckham, Associate Vice President for Enrollment, University of Bridgeport

The University of Bridgeport has announced its Connecticut Promise – a program to allow students who are Connecticut residents to attend the private university at a cost comparable to a public college education.

With the nation’s current student debt crisis, it is becoming increasingly difficult for students to have access to quality higher education without the cumbersome financial burden. According to the Federal Reserve, total education debt reached a whopping 1.3 trillion dollars in 2015. The University of Bridgeport — with its honored traditions of a state-of-the-art core curriculum and career-oriented undergraduate studies — recognizes this growing struggle and is committed to offering first-rate education at an affordable cost.

Beginning Fall 2016, University of Bridgeport’s Connecticut Promise guarantees that first-time, full-time freshmen residing in Connecticut will pay no more than $18,500 out-of-pocket for tuition, fees, and room and board after all scholarships and grants have been applied. An in-state commuting freshman not living on UB’s campus will be required to pay even less out-of-pocket — no more than $12,000 a year.

“We know that in today’s society, the overwhelming cost of higher education can hinder a student’s options for choosing the best college for their studies,” said Karissa Peckham, Associate Vice President for Enrollment. “At the University of Bridgeport, we want to make it possible for incoming students to experience the benefits of a private institution without having to pay exponentially more than an in-state public school. UB firmly believes that a solid education should be both accessible and attainable.”

The University of Bridgeport is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most diverse national universities in the country, and its Connecticut Promise ensures that in-state students are given the opportunity to learn among fellow students from over 46 states and 80 countries.

To learn more about the University of Bridgeport and its Connecticut Promise, visit

About University of Bridgeport
The University of Bridgeport offers career-oriented undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees and award-winning academic programs in a culturally diverse learning environment that prepares graduates for leadership in an increasingly interconnected world. There are 400 full- and part-time faculty members, including Fulbright Scholars, National Science Foundation Fellows, Ford Fellows, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows, American Council for Learned Societies Scholars, and Phi Beta Kappa Scholars. The University is independent and non-sectarian. For more information, please visit

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