Category Archives: Tuition


U. of Baltimore Offers a Free Semester to Students Who Can Finish in 4 Years

The University of Baltimore announced on Tuesday that new freshmen entering this fall will be offered free tuition in their final semester if they can finish their degrees in four years, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The university’s president, Robert L. Bogomolny, said the break was not a direct response to the university’s low four-year graduation rate for first-time, full-time freshmen, which now stands at 8 percent, second-lowest in the University System of Maryland. But he said he hoped the d…


Marquette U. Lays Off 25 Staff Members to Cut Costs

Marquette University is eliminating 25 staff positions in its first downsizing since the 1990s. The job cuts are part of an effort to trim costs, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. No faculty members will be affected.

In addition to the 25 positions being eliminated immediately, 80 future vacancies will remain unfilled, reducing the university’s 2,800-employee work force by 105. The 25 terminated employees will receive a severance that includes extended pay and benefits, and transiti…


N.J. Governor Agrees to In-State Tuition for Immigrant Students

The New Jersey Legislature approved a bill on Thursday that would allow students who grew up in New Jersey but are in the United States illegally to pay in-state college tuition, and Gov. Chris Christie plans to sign the measure into law on Friday, according to The New York Times and The Star-Ledger.

The legislation would permit immigrant students who graduated from New Jersey high schools after attending for at least three years to be eligible for the lower in-state rates.

Mr. Christie, a Repub…


How Colleges’ Policies Affect the Enrollment of Low-Income Students

The average price low-income students pay after receiving financial aid has a statistically significant influence on their representation at a college, according to a new working paper. But it is hardly the only factor affecting their enrollment.

A college’s cost of attendance, expenditures per student, selectivity, and financial-aid policies also make a difference, according to the paper’s analysis of four-year public and private nonprofit colleges.

The results “suggest that the model of high p…


Cooper Union Will Begin Charging Tuition to Undergraduate Students

Following what it called “18 months of intense analysis and vigorous debate,” the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art announced on Tuesday that its Board of Trustees had voted last week to begin charging tuition to undergraduate students, in another move that breaks with the selective New York City college’s long-held custom of offering its students a free higher education.

Cooper Union announced a year ago that it would begin charging graduate students, and the prospect of colle…


College Takes Steps to Make Sure Its Students Graduate Debt-Free

The College of the Ozarks, a Christian liberal-arts institution in southwestern Missouri whose students pay no tuition, has stopped certifying private student loans in an effort to ensure that its students graduate debt-free, the Springfield News-Leader reported. The college, which describes itself as offering the “Hard Work U” experience, has not accepted state or federal student loans since the 1990s. It does accept any grant aid that students qualify for. Students work on the campus to pay pa…


Cooper Union Puts Off Decision on Charging Tuition to Undergraduates

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art has put off for now a decision on a controversial proposal to begin charging tuition to undergraduates, according to The New York Times. The highly selective New York City college’s Board of Trustees said on Thursday that it would “continue to review all options” regarding the institution’s financial troubles, the Times reported. Students who enroll this fall will receive full-tuition scholarships, in line with Cooper Union’s custom for nea…


Tuition Increases, Then and Now

In 1978, Tufts University’s president, Jean Mayer, apologized for the “difficult burden” that a tuition increase of $350 would place on students and their families. In a letter sent to students’ parents almost exactly 35 years ago, Mr. Mayer explained that expenses were continuing to rise, and that “every possible avenue of restraining costs” had already been explored.

Any parent with a child in college now will probably find the letter, recently obtained by The Chronicle, strikingly familiar, a…


23 Florida Colleges Accept Governor’s $10,000 Degree Challenge

All 23 institutions in the Florida College system that offer bachelor’s degrees have accepted a challenge from Gov. Rick Scott to create degree programs that will cost no more than $10,000 in tuition over four years, the governor announced on Monday.

The Florida system has been a national leader in providing bachelor’s-degree programs at community colleges, with programs tailored to meet the state’s work-force needs. That focus limits the number of programs that can meet the $10,000 goal. At Pal…