In a letter sent to students dated Feb. 11, the John Carroll University Board of Directors announced a 3.5 percent increase in tuition to $37,190, effective for the 2016-2017 school year. This represents a change of $42 per credit hour for full-time students.
“There is no one reason that drives the tuition price increase,” Rich Mausser, the Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer of JCU said. “Among these are an evaluation of current competitive positions, anticipated total enrollment, revenue generated by non-tuition sources, like endowments, and financial aid required for returning students of the new freshman class.”
Tuition has been steadily increasing every year, but this increase is the lowest increase for the University since 2009. Tuition for the 2015-2016 school year amounted to $35,930.
“The Board and the University of administration work diligently to control out costs and find efficiencies in our operations while also investing in the quality education for our future. We are committed to delivering on the promise of or Jesuit education now and into the future,” said the letter signed by university president the Rev. Fr. Robert Niehoff.
JCU is a tuition-dependent institution, meaning that the University cannot rely on outside sources for funding.
“The impact of incremental operating expense needs also affects the tuition rate,” Mausser continued. “These expense demands arise from our need to provide reasonably competitive salary and benefits to our faculty and staff, provide funds for new academic initiatives, maintain our building and information technology infrastructure and comply with the externally driven regulatory environment.”
Students are having mixed reactions to the announcement, with some in support and some taking it as a fact of going to a university.
“It doesn’t bother me much,” said sophomore Marlon Robertson. “It seems like a lot of money, but it’s all relative. When you are already talking about paying $60,000 to go here, then $1,300 more is only a drop in the bucket.”
On the other hand, sophomore Stephen Lee said, “It’s not something that makes me excited, but I can see why they would raise tuition.”
Room and board rates are increasing for the 2016-2017 school year. as well.
For more information and a detailed fee schedule including room and board rates, visit www.jcu.edu/tuition.