Thursday, February 23, 2012

University increases cost of tuition, meals

By Courtney Donlin, New Editor

Pacific Lutheran’s Board of Regents decided to raise the cost of tuition, room and meal charges for the 2012-2013 academic year, according to an email sent by the Office of the President Feb. 16.

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Annual tuition will increase by $1,850, bringing the cost up to $16,400 each semester for 12 to 17 credit hours. Additional credit hours will cost $1,035. Tuition for the 2011-2012 school year cost $15,475 per semester for 12 to 17 credit hours, with additional credit hours costing $915. The cost of room and meal plans will increase by $350.

In the email sent to the PLU community, “a combination of new tuition revenue, careful cost control and innovation in operations, and gifts and grants to the university” will pay for the construction of a new synthetic turf field and new grass field, more improvements to residence halls and classrooms, and completion of the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, among other endeavors.

“These significant initiatives demonstrate our commitment to provide an absolutely top-quality education that is affordable,” President Loren Anderson wrote in the email. “They are also just the sort of indicators of enhanced productivity and good value that President Obama referred to last month in challenging colleges and universities to focus on affordability.”