Tuition to increase by $1850 for 2019-2020 school year

Emma Baker and Kathleen White | News Editors

Tuition for Washington University undergraduate students will increase from $52,400 to $54,250 for the 2019-2020 academic year.

This 3.5 percent increase, or $1,850, is consistent with the past four years of tuition increases at the University for undergraduate students.

Additionally, the required student activity fee will increase to $542, and the health and wellness fee will increase $500. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the student activity fee was $524 and the health and wellness fee was $475.

Room and board rates are also set to increase. On-campus doubles will cost between $11,176 and $11,650, compared to this year’s range of $10,850 to $11,310. The cost of meal plans will rise to $4,389 to $6,097. This year’s range was $4,290 to $5,960.

“We are able to fulfill our mission of providing an exceptional university experience inside and outside the classroom because of the tuition you pay,” Provost Holden Thorp wrote in a letter to parents and students about tuition increase. “Thank you for your continued support as we work to fulfill Washington University’s commitment to preparing our students for lives of meaning and purpose.”

The tuition increase and associated fees will be reflected in financial aid packages for students who qualify.

“[The tuition increase] also enables us to meet the financial needs of all of our students, a goal that remains one of our highest priorities,” Thorp wrote.

Graduate students will also witness similar increases in tuition across the University’s programs.

Tuition for programs housed in the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design and Graduate School of Art and Brown School will rise by approximately three percent. Students in the School of Law, the Graduate School and graduate programs in the School of Engineering & Applied Science will see tuition rise by approximately 3.5 percent. Tuition for students entering the School of Medicine will also increase by 3.5 percent; however, current students will be unaffected due to the school’s fixed-rate tuition plan.

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