Colleges freeze tuition for second consecutive year

Students at several schools can breathe a sigh of relief: For a second consecutive year, their tuition won’t be rising, U.S. News reports. Following an announcement from Ohio’s Urbana University to freeze tuition again for the 2013-2014 year, at least three other private schools have announced similar consecutive-year freezes. One of the most recent announcements comes from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. The all-girls, private college will keep tuition and fees at $41,456, the rate it charged for both the current and previous school years.

“We recognize that the U.S. model for higher education is not sustainable, so we can’t continue to raise tuition, and have burgeoning loan burdens and have job prospects be uncertain for students,” says Lynn Pasquerella, president of the college…

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Colleges freeze, reduce tuition as public balks at further price hikes

As an undergraduate at the University of California–Irvine, Christopher Campbell was almost forced to drop out by repeated double-digit increases in tuition—some in the middle of the academic year—to compensate for massive state budget cuts, says the Hechinger Report. Campbell ultimately made it through and is starting law school at UCI this fall. But he watched classmates driven out of college by the unpredictable mid-year price hikes. Now he’s pushing an amendment to the California constitution that would ban public universities from raising tuition for students after they’ve enrolled.

“Students and families are fed up,” Campbell says. “And that’s only going to get worse. As more and more students have to deal with these problems, it’s just going to keep building until the problem is fixed.”

After three decades of tuition hikes that have outpaced inflation and increases in family income, students, families, legislators and governing boards are demanding a halt……Read More