Another college is joining that rare group of schools actually pledging to cut tuition, apparently in response to continuing economic trouble.

According to an article by Jane Stancill in the News & Observer:

In a bold move to appeal to students and parents, William Peace University – formerly Peace College [right] – has lowered tuition for next fall. University trustees voted this month to decrease tuition by 7.73 percent to $23,700 for 2012-13. Room charges will remain flat at $6,186, and food charges will rise $120 to $2,814.

It’s the latest big shift for the traditional women’s college, which announced in July that it would admit men as full-time students next fall. That touched off Internet campaigns by angry alumnae and students, who staged protests at the gates of the downtown Raleigh campus just as signs ushered in the new name, William Peace University.

Other schools that have announced tuition cuts this year are Pennsylvania’s Cabrini College, the University of Charleston, Bluefield College, and Sewanee, the University of the South.

In contrast, two of the state’s largest public colleges, the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State, recently announced tuition increases. [Image via]

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