Do you feel the breeze in your wallet? How much will you lay out for college now?

I'm a graduate of a Connecticut State College. I paid my way through Western Connecticut State University myself, way back when. I lived at home, but didn't need to take a second job, or take out loans to attend. Things sure have changed. Oh my God, I can't believe I just said that!

A tuition hike for Connecticut's 17 state colleges and universities has been on the table for a while now. According to a story in the Hartford Courant, the cost increase has been approved for this fall.

The Connecticut Board of Regents for higher education approved a five-percent tuition increase yesterday at the state's four universities, and three-and-a-half percent at the state's 12 community colleges. The CSCU adds that the tuition hike at Charter Oak State College is four percent, and increases are expected at UConn too.

When you take a look at the cost of schools like Harvard, upwards of $65,000 per year, while Yale comes in at not much less, and Quinnipiac University is just under $60,000, the hikes aren't awful. Still hard to swallow though.