Purdue freezes tuition for third straight year

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Imagine going through all four years of college without seeing an increase in tuition. That is now expected to be the case for the students who started at Purdue in the fall of 2012.

President Mitch Daniels said Purdue will continue cut costs elsewhere to keep student affordability as a top priority.

Through a resolution submitted by Daniels, the Purdue Board of Trustees voted to endorse a tuition freeze for a third consecutive year or through the 2015-16 academic year.

“Our students and students who may be considering Purdue can plan and know that not just this year, not just next year, but the year after — 2015-16 school year — tuition won’t increase,” said Daniels.

Board of Trustees Chair Tom Spurgeon said, “The favorable comments it had brought, the affordability it’s bringing to the students, we want to continue that, if we can. So, it’s our hope that that works.”

Daniels told the trustees on Friday that administrators feel confident a tuition freeze for a third year can be accomplished. To afford it, he said the university will continue to cut costs where ever possible.

“The big thing we do is ask each of the colleges and the departments to moderate their increases or have limited increases in their budgets and figure out the best ways to do it,” explained Daniels. “We’ve had raises, but modest ones, changing our healthcare plan, big savings in utilities.”

Although Purdue is catching the attention of colleges all across the nation for the tuition freeze, Daniels said it’s just the right thing to do for students and their families.

“More and more students nationally are making their decisions based on, is the school sensitive to costs or not? But we’re not doing it to put pressure on anybody else, every school should make its own decisions,” said Daniels.

The tuition freeze for a third year won’t be official until May of next year. That’s when final tuition and fee decisions for fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17 will be made, because state appropriations and other funding variables will be known.

President Daniels said it is too early to know if tuition can be frozen for a fourth year.

In other new from Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting:

The trustees approved a consent agenda. That agenda included items the committees approved on Thursday. The board approved three major projects that will be part of the College of Engineering’s strategic growth plan, the 2015 conceptual budget, and other items.

The trustees ratified the appointment of Debasish “Deba” Dutta as provost. To learn more about Dr. Dutta, click here. The trustees formally said their goodbyes to Tim Sands and Al Diaz. Sands, the current provost, was named president of Virginia Tech. Treasurer Al Diaz has taken a job as treasurer and CFO at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

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