August 7, 2020

Incoming Freshmen Face 15% Tuition Hike

posted on: Thursday February 4, 2010

Devin Murphy ’10 / News Editor

How much is a Catholic liberal arts education worth? Depending on your class year at Providence College it could be more or less expensive. The College has implemented two new tuition increases which will take effect next year. Enrolled students will see a hike of four percent, which will make tuition for the 2010-11 academic year $33,610. The Class of 2014, however, will have to pay almost 15 percent or $5,000 more than enrolled students. Their tuition will be $38,610. The tuition increase for incoming freshmen is a “one-time adjustment.””If we raised the price we wanted it to affect the students who will be here the longest,” said Christopher Lydon, associate vice president of Admissions.The tuition increase will not be finalized until after this week’s Board of Trustees meeting.Student reactions around campus upon hearing about the increases have been torn. “I think it seems pretty unfair, but I do think PC is worth the money,” said Annie Laquidara ’12. “But I’m not sure people would realize that before they come here.”The new pricing structure for tuition has been under consideration for two years. Need-based and merit-based scholarships will also be increasing in proportion to the tuition increase. Two new tiers of need-based scholarships will be established next year.”This process took 30 months to come to fruition,” said Lydon. “It was certainly not a knee-jerk decision.”

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