For Once, a Tuition Cut

This happens so rarely that it’s worth noting.

While the average price of tuition rose this year, as it rises every year, one school made the novel decision to charge students less.

According to a piece at WVNS 59 in West Virginia:

Bluefield College is making it easier for working adults to return to school to complete a degree. The school is reducing its annual tuition and fees for degree completion students by 25-percent.

“We want to ease the economic burden of adults who are trying to go back to college to complete their bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Robert Shippey, vice president for academic affairs. “This reduction in tuition puts us in a position to be a better value for students and helps them get that quality higher education they so deeply desire.” Tuition for inSPIRE degree completion students at Bluefield College will now run $325 per credit hour, compared to $385 per credit hour this past spring.

Bluefield College is a private, Baptist-affiliated liberal arts college in Bluefield, Virginia. The 793-student college is about 150 feet from the West Virginia border. InSPIRE is Bluefield’s program offered specifically for working adults. Bluefield College has regional offices for such students in Roanoke and Richmond.

Last year trustees at Sewanee, the University of the South, also cut tuition. The school reduced tuition by about $5,000 because Sewanee realized it was competing with state universities for students. Bluefield, it appears, is competing with community colleges.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer