Tuition increases by 3.9% for next year

| Junior News Editor

Holden Hindes | Student Life

The University announced that undergraduate tuition will increase by $2,330 (3.9 percent) for the 2023–2024 academic year, Feb. 1. This increase marks the highest annual tuition hike since the 2011–2012 academic year. 

Provost Beverly Wendland emailed undergraduate students to announce the decision. The email included a copy of the letter sent to students’ families, which breaks down the comprehensive increase.

The health and wellness fee will be $616, compared to $576 for the 2022–2023 academic year, and the student activity fee will be $616, compared to $594 for this year. Meal plan prices will range from $5,018 to $7,590, compared to $4,824 to $6,702 for the 2022–2023 academic year. Fees for a double room will range from $12,648 to $13,188, compared to $12,178 to $12,698 for this year.   

The 2023–2024 tuition hike follows a steady increase in tuition over the last few decades, including an increase in tuition by 2.9% from 2021–2022 to this academic year. 

In Wendland’s letter to families, she emphasized the fact that tuition and other fees help support “course offerings and majors, mental health and well-being resources, and university-funded internships and fellowships while continuing to offer students enriching residential life, research and co-curricular opportunities.” 

Neither Wendland nor the University’s Office for Marketing and Communications provided a comment on what, specifically, the tuition increase will go towards. They also did not respond to a request to see a breakdown of how tuition dollars are spent.

The Office for Marketing and Communications did not provide a comment on whether or not students and families will be able to see the specific breakdown of how tuition and fees are spent each year. 

Tuition will also increase for graduate school, part-time, and evening students, with increases ranging from 2 percent to 3.9 percent.

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