2016-2017 undergraduate tuition sees 3.5 percent increase to $48,950
Washington University’s undergraduate tuition will see a 3.5 percent, or $1,650, increase, bringing the total to $48,950 for the 2016-2017 academic year, Provost Holden Thorp announced Tuesday morning.
For the past several years, the dollar increase has remained steady at $1,600, with percentage increases reducing each year. This year marks the first in several years that the percentage increase has remained constant while the dollar amount increase has risen, though only by $50.
The University will require a student activity fee of $490, 1 percent of the annual tuition, and the health and wellness fee will be set at $330.
Modern double rooms on campus will cost $10,670, up from $10,486, while traditional doubles will rise in price from $9,482 to $9,950. Meal plan costs for underclassmen will range from the Bronze Plan at $4,124 to the Gold Plan at $5,729, in addition to a Platinum Plan with more meal points for which the new cost has not been announced.
Many students are disgruntled about the annual tuition hike, including sophomore Manuela Araque.
“I don’t really know a lot about why it increased, but I feel like it’s already so high compared to a lot of other universities, so I feel like it should be decreasing, if anything,” Araque said.
Junior Sakura Oyama shared similar sentiments, noting that the increase seemed unnecessary.
“It always seems kind of ridiculous because the tuition is already so high,” Oyama said. “Especially—people say the tulips in front of Graham Chapel and a lot of the new construction of Ruby and the South 40—there seems to be a lot of extra effort that Wash. U.’s going through to make the campus pretty on the outside, without caring about the welfare of its current students, so I don’t know. I wouldn’t expect anything more of Wash. U., really, but it’s definitely frustrating.”