Hundreds of University of Connecticut medical and dental students will soon face a 4 percent tuition and fee increase for the next two years. The increase was approved by the school’s Board of Trustees meeting who voted in favor of the increase despite the increase that went into effect before the start of the 2014 school year.

With the new increase, tuition and fees will increase to over $40,000 over the next two years for in-state students and increase to over $70,000 for students coming from out of state. The school’s administration says the second increase will support the school’s need for state-of-the-art technology used by the students for their clinical training. “It requires truly a village to train these students,” said Bruce Liang, interim dean at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. “We have to integrate the explosion of the basic science knowledge with clinical medicine.”

The University of Connecticut School of Medicine is one of the most expensive public medical schools for both in-state and out-of-state students. However, Liang does point out that the school is still one of the most affordable options in the region. “The school is still a bargain, especially compared to private medical schools,” said University President Susan Herbst. “Upon won’t cut corners at tis medical center to keep the tuition lower.”