To save students, ESU freezes tuition rates

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at 7:42 PM
To save students, ESU freezes tuition rates by Dakota Palmer
Graphic: Amanda Anstett

On Feb. 5, East Stroudsburg University announced the “Warrior Promise,” a program that will freeze tuition for incoming freshmen beginning in Fall 2018. This program, according to a press release, is “the promise of a guaranteed, fixed, four-year tuition rate” over the course of eight consecutive semesters. The university is the first in Pennsylvania with a fixed tuition rate. This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors.

According to the university’s website, “The Warrior Promise will protect students and their families from annual increases in tuition and enable them to more accurately estimate and budget for college expenses.”

The fixed tuition rate will not only apply to incoming freshmen, but also new undergraduate students, transfer students, out-of-state students and international students who are enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program.

Students who are not able to participate in the program include “graduate students, domestic and international exchange students, dual enrolled high school students, concurrent enrolled students, non-degree students and students pursuing only a certificate program.” 

East Stroudsburg University President Marcia Welsh said in an interview with The Stroud Courier: “Our expectation is that the Warrior Promise will help students remain focused on reducing their college expenses, knowing that graduating in four years will help keep their college costs to a minimum. We also have a group (Student Success Network) working to find ways to help students stay on track to progress toward graduating in four years or less.”

According to East Stroudsburg’s 2016-17 PASSHE Action Plan, the projected four-year (or less) graduation rates for the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years are 36.7 percent, 38 percent and 39 percent, respectively. 

However, the six-year (or less) projected graduation rates for the same years are 55 percent, 56 percent and 57 percent. 

Current undergraduate students at East Stroudsburg may opt in to participate in the program, but the university website reads: “The procedures necessary to opt in have not been finalized. All currently enrolled undergraduates will be provided with detailed instructions once the procedures are in place. Whether a current student should opt in will depend on personal circumstances. Such things as number of credits earned to date, progress towards your degree, the number of credits you take each semester, whether you plan to double major or earn a second degree are among the factors you should consider.”

Throughout the semester, East Stroudsburg will hold public presentations further explaining the Warrior Promise to current students. 

Currently, the university’s tuition is $3,746 for full-time undergraduate Pennsylvania residents and $9,365 for full-time undergraduate non-residents. 

Dakota Palmer can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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