MidAmerica freezes tuition costs for next year
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Olathe, Kansas
MidAmerica Nazarene University will freeze tuition costs for undergraduates in the 2012-13 academic year.

The university made the decision in an effort to help students and their families afford college.

“The past several years have held a great deal of financial uncertainty for many of us, and many parents are wondering how they can afford to help their children earn a college degree,” Admissions Director Warren Rogers said. “When you add that to a struggling economy, you end up with lots of students who find it very difficult to pay for college.”

This decision breaks with the recent national trend of tuition increases of 5 to 15 percent among U.S. private and public colleges and universities.

MidAmerica’s administration decided that a one-year tuition freeze might help a large number of students stay in school. They also agreed to keep total cost for room, board, and undergraduate student fees unchanged for the 2012-13 academic year.

“We have seen an overall growth of nearly 5 percent in our student population,” said Steve Ragan, vice president for Academic Affairs. “This has allowed us to spread our costs over a greater number of students, while still launching new programs and providing a competitive academic experience.”

MidAmerica has been successful in its attempt to keep the total costs for traditional undergraduate students lower than the national average of $36,655 for private, four-year universities, according to the Digest of Education Statistics 2010.

“At MNU, when you add in financial aid, students can receive a private university education at a public university price,” Rogers said.
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