Keeping a university up and running during a pandemic is a great expense. In October 2020, there were fears surrounding the budget cut that would affect Connecticut State Universities. The budget cuts for the CSCU schools initially sparked controversy. According to the CT Mirror, CSCU President Mark Ojakian asked the governor for a bailout of around $69 million. But in the five months since this cut, worry has diminished. Benjamin Barnes, Chief Financial Officer of CSCU schools, spoke about how budget cuts were the right direction to take. “A lot of spending that would normally occur has not happened,” said Barnes.