Dozens of colleges and universities have chosen to freeze tuition fees for the upcoming academic year.
Such an announcement is Popular last spring, Because universities are scrambling to retain and attract students who are uncertain about online education or who have experienced financial setbacks related to the pandemic. Many universities plan to fully reopen in the fall and are working hard to bring back students who missed classes last year.
University leaders want their institutions to be more attractive to potential students. Jim Hundrieser, vice president of consulting and business development for the National Association of University Business Officials, said that leaders also want to pay attention to the unstable financial situation of some families and ensure that they do not exclude potential students.
Hundrieser said in an e-mail: “In these announcements, it is a’and’, not one or the other.” “These measures are strategic for attracting more students, I want to say, for most people In other words, it is also to increase the chances of enrolling students who are financially difficult to pay for college.”
Brookdale Community College in Lyncroft, New Jersey plans to keep tuition fees unchanged this fall. Due to the financial turmoil caused by the pandemic, its board of directors chose to freeze tuition fees.
Chairman of the Board of Directors Henry Klum said in a statement: “The Brookdale Trustee recognizes the serious and far-reaching financial difficulties caused by COVID-19.” “By keeping the tuition and fees unchanged for the upcoming school year, we hope to help Students and families who are struggling with the cost of higher education.”
The Board of Directors of the University of Maine System approved a $578 million budget on Friday that keeps the in-state tuition fees for the seven university systems unchanged. The average tuition for full-time in-state students for the 2021-22 school year is $8,572.
According to a press release, the fiscal year 2022 budget is the seventh system budget in 10 years that does not include tuition increases.
The principal of the system, Dannel Malloy, said in a statement: “Maintaining the upper limit of tuition fees makes our life-changing degrees easier to afford and obtain, and allows our students to obtain them with less debt. Bachelor of Science.”
Purdue University also plans to continue freezing tuition fees. By the 2023 fiscal year, the state undergraduate tuition at Indiana State Public University will remain unchanged at $9,992. According to the press release, the total cost of attending the university is still lower than in 2012.
This Idaho Board of Education Approve the freezing of tuition fees for all four-year universities in the state during the 2021-22 academic year.This Kentucky Community Technical College System The boards of directors overseeing 16 institutions also voted to keep tuition fees stable in the coming school year.
Hundrieser said that although the number of tuition freezes announced in recent months has increased, most universities do not plan to keep tuition fees unchanged in the upcoming academic year.
He said: “Although many people do freeze tuition fees, it may be the same amount, or even more, with a moderate increase.”
Colleges and universities plan to increase tuition fees by an average of 2%. Board and lodging costs are slightly different-some colleges and universities plan to increase slightly by about 1.5%. Others are considering an increase of 4%.
In some cases, the proposed tuition increase has aroused the anger of students.Juilliard student Protest the proposed 4% skyrocket Months.
Some students disregarded tradition and supported the tuition increase proposals made by their institutions. Student leaders from Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa expressed support for the increase in tuition at the board meeting on Thursday. Iowa Radio Report.
Julia Campbell, chair of the Iowa State University Student Union, said at the meeting: “After the pandemic, we want to have as little disruptive impact as possible on students-many of them are struggling financially.” “Given the current finances. Restrictions, without reducing campus services or increasing tuition, there is no realistic way to maintain the level of education we have experienced.”
This University of Wisconsin System It can be seen that the eight-year tuition freeze has ended. The State Budget Writing Committee recently refused to extend the freeze period, providing the University of Wisconsin Board of Trustees with the option to increase tuition.
Hundrieser said universities must continue to work hard to maintain affordable tuition.
“Unless the family income increases, we cannot continue to increase tuition,” he said. “There is almost no data to indicate that household income will increase this year, especially when inflation is expected to be the largest increase in a few years.”