Vella v. Howden
A court may not order parents to contribute a greater amount toward college tuition, room and board than the parents would pay if their child attended the University of Connecticut full time. In 2009, a court dissolved the parties' marriage and reserved jurisdiction, for the purposes of post majority education. Both parties are college graduates, and they established a college fund for the parties' child. The court found it was more likely than not that the parties would have provided support for their child to attend college, if the family had remained intact. The parties' child, who appears to be academically gifted, has been accepted at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for the 2013-to-2014 academic year. University expenses of $62,392 have been reduced $28,025, as a result of grants, scholarships and work study. Federal loan funds will reduce college costs an additional $5,500. The court may not order the parties to contribute an amount for tuition, room and board that exceeds the $23,744 tuition, room and board for a full-time, in-state student who attends the University of Connecticut for the 2013-to-2014 academic year. The court ordered each parent to contribute $11,872 toward the child's tuition, room and board directly to Carnegie Mellon University.