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Once again, Emmanuel College students face tuition increase for the upcoming year, and not everyone is happy about it.
On Wednesday, January 11, President Sister Janet announced undergraduate tuition for the 2017-18 year would increase 3.2 percent. This announcement was made on the Portal, directed to Faculty, Staff, and Administrators but viewable to students.
Tuition for the 2017-18 year is now $38,584 and Room and Board is $14,628 totaling $53,212.
“Each year, Emmanuel’s Board of Trustees considers carefully the cost of tuition, room and board. These discussions are rooted in the College’s longstanding commitments to affordability, to institutional resourcefulness and to providing innovative academic and student life programs in a changing landscape,” Sister Janet said in the announcement.
Associate Vice President for Student Financial Services Jennifer Porter echoes Emmanuel’s commitment to “affordability and the resources needed to provide a high-quality academic and extracurricular experience” for students.
Porter also notes that the national average for private non-profit colleges is 3.4 percent, .2 percent more than Emmanuel. In an Student Government Association meeting on February 18, 2016, Treasurer Sister Anne Donovan stated that tuition increases are typically 2-2.5 percent.
“The average tuition increase for the past seven years is 3.37 percent and the average over the past twenty years is 5 percent. In recent years, the room and board price increase has been 2-2.5 percent and will be 2.5 percent from this year to next year,” said Porter in an email.
It should also be noted that, according to Porter, because the new Julie Hall is being financed by tax exempt and taxable bonds that were issued in the public markets, they will not affect Emmanuel’s income statement until the dorm is completed in September 2018.
“No part of the financing affects students graduating this year in May of 2017, or the following year May of 2018,” Porter said.
In response to the tuition increase, students raise concerns and express their feelings on social media.
EC tuition is up $6k since I started my freshman year 😳
— sarahtonin (@sbergfareal) January 11, 2017
— Monica Erin Busch (@somethingmonica) January 11, 2017
— Childish Bambino (@Bohan_Identity) January 12, 2017
Deciding to graduate a year early is literally paying off https://t.co/JcW2sH4jWw
— Zach Robertson (@zachrobertson21) January 12, 2017
— Angie Brocco (@angie_brocco) January 15, 2017
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