Is it possible to freeze tuition a fourth year? Daniels hopes so

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Purdue Board of Trustees voted to endorse a tuition freeze for a third year last week. Could it possibly be frozen a fourth year?

“For me, it’s a big life saver for sure,” said Sara Langsenkamp, a student.

When Langsenkamp heard the news about the efforts to freeze tuition at Purdue University for a third year, she felt a sense of relief.

“Pharmacy school is about an extra $10,000 a year, so for me personally, I’m definitely excited that there’s another freeze coming up,” said Langsenkamp.

President Mitch Daniels asked the Board of Trustees Friday to endorse a tuition for a third year. He said he’s confident the funds are in place to make it possible.

“It continues to be, I think, a right thing to do and a useful thing to do because it encourages everybody to look for improvements and changes they might otherwise not find,” said Daniels.

Daniels said it’s too soon to know if tuition can be frozen for a fourth year. But if tuition does have to increase, the university will do everything in its power to keep that increase as minimal as possible.

“There’s not going to be any catchup played. The future that nobody can predict could involve a big jump in inflation or the cost of energy, for instance, that we can’t avoid here. To the full extent that Purdue can control the future cost of tuition, we are going to do that,” said Daniels.

Another recent move aimed at students includes merging undergraduate academic affairs, student affairs and dining and housing services into one organization.

“We think it will allow a much better focus on student success, not having left hands and right hands doing different things, maybe conflicting things,” explained Daniels.

Whatever the move, Langsenkamp said students are grateful.

“It’s a huge burden that’s lifted. It means that they can have a little bit more fun to go out and do the social side of things, which is just as important in college,” said Langsenkamp.

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