WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue has made a decision that will have students jumping in the air with happiness. The university announced Friday it will freeze tuition and most fees at current levels for the next two years for West Lafayette students.
It's the first time tuition will stay the same in almost 40 years.
"I have found a broad consensus among faculty and staff to put the interests of our students and their families first," Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. "In this period of national economic stagnation, it's time for us to hit the pause button on tuition increases. Our students and their families deserve a high-value education that they can afford. We will fit our spending to their budgets – not the other way around. Purdue is a national leader in the value of its degrees, and we intend to increase that value further."
Daniels also mentioned he would call on every college and administrative unit to join in the effort to make affordability and value the University's top priorities. A framework for achieving the necessary savings to do so (with a focus on administrative efficiency) will be released within the next several weeks.
Right now, all Indiana resident undergrads at the West Lafayette campus pay $9,900 per year to attend. That price includes tuition as well as fees for technology, repair and rehabilitation, student activity, and student fitness and wellness.
Non-Indiana-resident tuition fees are $28,702 and international students pay $30,702.
Tuition increases over the past decade have averaged close to 6 percent, based on numbers in Purdue's Data Digest.
Rates for 2013-14 will be $9,992 a year for Indiana residents, which is unchanged except for the previously approved increase in the student activity fee and student fitness and wellness fee.
Non-resident tuition and fees will be $28,794. International students will pay $30,794. And some differential fees for some majors and programs could increase.
Tuition at each of Purdue's three other Indiana campuses is determined separately from West Lafayette's, based on factors such as enrollment, programs offered and the state appropriation for each campus.
In 2009, Purdue came under fire at a state budget hearing. State Sen. Luke Kenley (R-20), Chairman of the State Budget Committee at the time, froze funding for three construction projects until the University could come up with a way to make tuition more affordable.
State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-7) served on that committee. He said legislators realize it's important for young adults to get an affordable education.
"Many of us realize, that not just at Purdue, but in higher education in general, they are reaching a point where they are pricing themselves out of the affordability market for many middle class families," Hershman explained.
Daniels has discussed the matter informally with the trustees and has their support.
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