Tuesday, March 12, 2013

No tuition hikes for Post University campus students in 2013/14

SQUEEZED: Post University is keeping its tuition down
We know rising college costs are keeping many students and parents up at night. That's why we're not increasing tuition for students attending Post University's main campus this fall. Tuition, room, and board rates will remain at 2012/13 levels, as our press release details.

In addition, we are continuing to offer a fourth-year full tuition grant to qualified students enrolled in the Post University Honors Program. We're also continuing to offer athletic scholarships, as well as other Honors Program and merit-based scholarships that range from $6,000 to $14,000 a year.

While many colleges and universities across the country have continued to raise their prices over the years, Post University's goal is to increase the affordability and accessibility of college to help students earn the degrees they want and need to succeed in their careers.

A quick look at some figures paints a frightening picture of what students and their parents are facing today. On a state level, Connecticut has recently been in the news about rising college costs. Students at state universities could see a tuition increase of $434 to $778 next year -- or 4.1 to 5.23 percent. The Board of Regents for Higher Education, which governs 17 of Connecticut's 18 state colleges and universities, is expected to vote on March 14 about the proposed tuition changes.

On a regional level, New England is home to a number of the most expensive schools in the country, with one school's annual costs topping $60,000.

And on a national level, the annual estimated cost of tuition, room, and board at four-year public institutions increased 84 percent between 2000 and 2010. At private institutions, the increase was 49 percent. This is according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Topping it off, parents are having more trouble saving for college, which does not bode well for parents or students.

Taking all these realities together, Post University is bucking the tuition hike trend. By keeping costs down, we can offer more students an affordable, high-quality education from a private New England school. In fact, Post is one of the lowest priced private schools in the region.

Yet our academic standards are unwavering. We've continued to increase the rigor of our classes, and equally important, the real-world applicability of our degree programs. Our programs are taught by scholar-practitioners who have advanced degrees and many years of relevant professional experience in the fields they teach to prepare students for the careers that will be available to them when they graduate.

That's the mission we're advancing to bring high-quality, affordable education to more students. It's crucial we cut down the costs of going to college, and we will continue to do what we can to help set a new pace for reducing the cost of higher education in America.