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Tuition Freeze & Four-Year Guarantee
The Board of Trustees of Burlington College voted to adopt new tuition policies, including a four-year tuition freeze for current and incoming full time students this fall.
“We at Burlington College are familiar with and concerned about the financial challenges students face as they plan for the future,” said Christine Plunkett, Vice President of Administration and Finance. “The college administration and Board of Trustees entered into tuition discussions this year committed to reducing our students’ tuition costs and some of their financial uncertainties.”
The announcement comes on the heels of President Obama’s recent State of the Union address, in which he proposed federal reforms to address college affordability concerns. He also called on colleges and universities to do their fair share to keep tuition affordable.
In an attempt to alleviate students’ financial concerns, the college has committed to the following:
- Tuition for the 2012-13 academic year will remain unchanged from the current year’s tuition.
- All current and incoming students for the fall 2012 semester who remain continuously enrolled at Burlington College on a full-time basis (at least 12 credits per semester, excluding summers) will be guaranteed a four-year tuition freeze.
- The college will discount tuition for the summer 2012 semester by 25%. This will provide students with an opportunity to shorten their time to degree completion at a significantly reduced tuition rate. This discount will apply to all summer students, not just those who are enrolled full time.
These initiatives and variations on them are seeing growing popularity in colleges across the country as college affordability becomes an increasing concern for students and families. Smaller colleges in particular appear to be making these policy changes: colleges such as Sewanee: The University of the South, in Tennessee; Hiram College in Ohio; and Vermont’s College of St. Joseph and Sterling College.
With annual increases in tuition and fees at private, non-profit colleges and universities averaging 4% over the past several years, a four year tuition guarantee offers a significant savings to families. Burlington College’s annual tuition for the current academic year, which will remain unchanged for the coming year, is $22,410.
“The college remains committed to working with each of our students to ensure not only their academic success but a manageable financial plan for the duration of their degree program,” Plunkett said.
For information about the Tuition Freeze or any of Burlington College's programs, please contact the Admissions Office:
Admissions Office at Burlington College
351 North Avenue
Burlington, Vermont 05401
E-mail: admissionsburlington [dot] edu