Navigation Links
Ashland University Cuts Undergraduate Tuition by More Than $10,000
Date:8/27/2013

Ashland, Ohio (PRWEB) August 27, 2013

Ashland University has made a bold move in addressing the issues of accessibility and affordability facing higher education. The University has reset its cost structure for full-time undergraduate tuition and financial aid resulting in a cost cut of more than $10,000 for the 2014-15 academic year.

The tuition reset, which will apply to all full-time undergraduate students enrolled in 2014-15, represents a 37 percent decrease from the projected 2014-15 tuition of $30,064, bringing it to $18,908.

“Over the past decade everyone in higher education has danced around the subject of the rising cost of college. Yet few have been willing to tackle the issue and the complications involved,” said AU President Dr. Fred Finks. “Ashland University knows the importance of positioning ourselves to meet the rising demand for quality education at an affordable price. We have decided now is the time to act.”

Finks called the decision a “bold step,” but noted that “Our research is showing us that many prospective students and their parents are deterred by ‘sticker shock’ and not looking at the actual cost to attend Ashland University once financial aid is applied.”

Finks said that nothing will be cut or eliminated from the total Ashland educational experience to accommodate the tuition reset. He said the executive committee of the university’s board of trustees approved the decrease in June following two years of research and discussion.

“The University completed budget realignment in the spring, which has allowed the institution to undertake an initiative like this,” he said. “As we reviewed the alternative, we were uncomfortable with continuing to raise tuition costs and create more student debt year after year.

“Our undergraduate enrollment has been stable over the past few years and we’ve seen an increase this year in first year students compared to 2011 and 2012, so this is really about becoming more transparent on our pricing structure," Finks said. “We believe this is the best way for us to help both the ‘high-need’ and the ‘low-need’ students.”

Scott Van Loo, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at AU, said the new full-time tuition price of $18,908 means that prospective students now have the option of getting a top-notch private education at a more affordable cost.

And once students receive their financial aid and see their net costs, Van Loo believes that AU will be among the most affordable four-year private institutions in the Midwest.

“This move means Ashland will reduce, but not eliminate, the dollar amounts for grants and scholarships,” he said. “We are seeking to move from a high-tuition/high-discount model to a lower-tuition/lower-discount model, which will actually reduce the net costs for returning students when compared to the typical annual 4 percent increase that they experience under the current pricing and financial aid structure.”

Van Loo said that through the use of predictive statistical modeling, AU administrators project that the tuition reset and financial aid changes will help to recruit more full-time undergraduates to the Ashland campus.

“Ashland’s new price will better reflect what students actually pay and we believe it will lead to more prospective students considering our university,” Van Loo said.

Ashland’s room and board costs of $9,502 will remain, and will bring the University’s total charges for tuition, fees, room and board for 2014-15 to $29,354.

Ashland University Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew noted that the tuition reset is just the latest in a number of AU developments in response to student and family financial concerns about higher education costs. He noted that in just the past two years, Ashland University has:

  •     reduced the minimal number of credit hours needed to complete an undergraduate bachelor’s degree from 128 to 120.
  •     instituted a number of three-year degree programs that allow students to earn a quality private education in less time and for less money.
  •     established a four-year graduation guarantee program that will help keep college costs predictable for families.
  •     launched a five-year accelerated accounting degree program that allows students to complete bachelor’s and master’s programs in less time than it would for separate degrees.

“We have gained a significant advantage in our academic profile by consistently hiring outstanding faculty and recruiting great students,” Pettigrew said. “This tuition reset will only improve our ability to recruit academically talented students and strengthen our position as one of America’s leading universities.”

Those wanting more information about Ashland University or the tuition reset can contact the admission office at 419.289.4142 or 800.882.1548.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (http://www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

###

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11067052.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Worldwide Internet Sensation and Ashland Musician George Dennehy Performs at the Science Museum of Virginia
2. Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine Receives Provisional Accreditation
3. San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputy Alex Collins Recognizes Medical Staff from Loma Linda University Medical Center
4. University of Montana earns army grant to develop drug for traumatic brain injuries
5. Spectrum Surgical Attends the 2013 HealthTrust University Conference in Nashville, TN
6. University of East Anglia research shows how females choose the right sperm
7. New University of Michigan Study Discovers Obesity Causes Vary By Gender
8. Western University of Health Sciences to Welcome More Than 1,100 New Students
9. Thomas Jefferson University Kimmel Cancer Center: Researchers Find New Clues to Treat Rare and Aggressive Inflammatory Breast Cancer
10. Alvernia University RN to BSN Program to Begin at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC)
11. Co-Creator of MotherPeace Tarot Cards to Host Two Day Workshop at Sofia University
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... from UCLA with Magna Cum Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School ... San Diego and returned to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent article ... people are unfamiliar with. The article goes on to state that individuals are now ... of these less common operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) ... will receive two significant new grants to support its work to advance research ... anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for their work in fighting ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and ... that call for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and then ... will restore the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Puradigm® & Innovative Solutions today ... cultivation and processing operations at its production facility, and opened its first two ... the manufacturer of a complete system of proactive air and surface purification solutions ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... BEIJING , June 24, 2016 Dehaier ... or the "Company"), which develops, markets and sells medical ... China , signed a strategic cooperation agreement with ... as "Hongyuan Supply Chain") on June 20, 2016, to ... Under the strategic cooperation agreement, Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... NAMUR , Belgium , ...  (NYSE MKT: VNRX), today announced the appointment of ... Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director, effective ... the Company,s Audit, Compensation and Nominations and Governance ... Board, Dr. Futcher will provide independent expertise and ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Research and Markets ... Market by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic ... Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast to 2021" report ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market is projected to ... of 6.1% in the forecast period 2016 to 2021. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: