Purdue students respond to tuition freeze

Purdue University is freezing tuition for the ninth year in a row. This makes seven graduating classes now earning their degrees without an increase in tuition.

Posted: Feb 16, 2020 2:25 PM
Updated: Feb 16, 2020 11:45 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Purdue University's tuition freeze is the latest effort to keep the price of a quality college education as low as possible.

"That benefit from an out of state perspective is incredibly appealing," said student Julian Haresco 

Haresco is an out of state student from California. He said when looking at colleges his senior year of high school, Purdue was at the top of his list, for obvious reasons.

"The cost benefit from comparing a lot of schools with the same price point to Purdue," said Haresco. "It's still by large one of the best schools I possibly could have chosen."

According to the university, 59% of Purdue students in West Lafayette graduated debt free in 2018 and 2019. That's 16% higher than the national graduating debt-free rate.

"I do think it does open up the doors for a lot of people who want that higher level education without having to go somewhere that could break the bank," said Haresco.

Purdue student Mark Menciano said the tuition freeze is combating student loan debt.

"Looking towards the future I am able to kind of predict what I am looking at in terms of loans and debts," said Menciano.

Enrollment for Purdue University reached more than 44,000 in 2020, its highest ever. Students say with another tuition freeze, this trend will continue.

"It's also very attractive to prospective students that are coming in. It's definitely a benefit for high school seniors that are looking at that cost factor," said Menciano. 

In addition to no tuition raises, room and board rates at Purdue University have seen no increase over the past eight years.

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