Huntington announces below average tuition increase

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2008-02-06
Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University Board of Trustees has approved a 4.5 percent increase for full-time traditional undergraduate tuition and fees in 2008-2009, administrators announced today.

“Huntington has worked diligently to moderate tuition and fees increases to make college more affordable for students and their families, having implemented increases of only 2 percent and 3 percent the past two years,” said Tom Ayers, vice president for business and finance.

The increase for the 2008-2009 academic year means that a full-time, traditional undergraduate student at Huntington will pay $435 more in tuition and fees per semester.

Annual tuition and fees at Huntington University is currently $19,430, nearly $4,300 less than the national average. Across the United States, the average tuition and fees at four-year private institutions in 2007-2008 is $23,712, representing a 6.3 percent increase of more than $1,400 over 2006-2007, according to College Board’s 2007-2008 Annual Survey of Colleges.

In addition to being ranked No. 7 among the Midwest’s “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in 2008 by U.S.News & World Report, Huntington University also was named No. 5 among the “Best Values in Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Midwest.

The “Best Values” ranking is based on the percentage of students receiving need-based grants, the average cost of tuition after receiving those grants and the average discount from the total cost. Approximately 90 percent of Huntington University students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans or work-study assistance.

“Huntington University has moved onto the ‘Best Values’ in the Midwest list as a result of intentional strategies on our campus,” said Jeff Berggren, vice president of enrollment management and marketing. “One is to continue to increase the academic value that comes from a Huntington education, and the second is to work to moderate the cost incurred by our students.”

Each year, Huntington University participates in the Student Satisfaction Inventory – a national survey of college students.

“According to survey data, Huntington students believe the tuition they pay is a better investment than students who participated in the Student Satisfaction Inventory at other public and private schools,” Berggren said.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  
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