Universities Freezing Tuition for 2012-13 School Year
The University of Texas at Austin
By Kathryn Knight Randolph
July 05, 2012
There isn’t a sweeter sound to the financially struggling college student’s ear than the phrase “tuition freeze.” Fortunately, students will be hearing that a lot more this summer from public colleges all across the country.
So far, several public colleges have declared a tuition freeze, and in an interview with The Huffington Post, Patrick J. O’Conner, chairman of the Board of Trustees at Temple University, implied that the decision had a lot to do with the current economy and recent graduates’ struggle with student loan debt.
Temple University joins the ranks of other public colleges who are staying away from a tuition hike this year, including:
The University of Massachusetts
University of Maine
Maine Community Colleges
Arizona Public Universities
University of Texas at Austin
According to FinAid.org, college tuition increases each year by 8%. Some colleges, as reported by The Huffington Post, while unable to completely freeze tuition, are actually bucking the inflation trend this year – and some are even keeping tuition increases at an all-time low.
University of Texas: 2.5 – 3.8%
Ohio State University: 3.5%
University of Toledo: 3.5%
Cleveland State University: 3.5%
The University of Pennsylvania: 3.9%
University of Oregon: 5.9% (with discounted fees)
University of Virginia: 3.7 – 4.7%
Virginia Tech: 3.9%
University of South Carolina: 1 – 3.15%
West Virginia University: 5%
University of Wisconsin (all campuses): 5.5%
Western Illinois University: 4.5%
The University of Illinois: 4.8%
Iowa Public Colleges: 3.75%
University of Nebraska: 3.75%
Eastern Michigan University: 3.95%
NOTE: This article previously posted that both University of California and California State systems would not see a tuition increase at the start of the 2012 – 2013 school year. Pending legislative action in the state of California for Governor Brown’s sales tax increase as well as increased tax on the wealthy, the school systems will NOT see a tuition increase until the start of 2013, as reported by MercuryNews.com.
Do you think a tuition freeze is enough for struggling students?