Opposing the trend of price hikes at colleges across the country, Ave Maria University in south Florida has announced that tuition and fees will be reduced by 22 percent for new students in 2014-2015, according to a release from the University.
Returning students will benefit from a “tuition and fees freeze,” and there will be no cuts to spending for academic or student life.
President Jim Towey said that the University is making this decision “not to become affordable, but to stay affordable,” in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society. The tuition and fees for 2013-2014 were $23,000, but in 2014-2015 the tuition and fees will be $17,940.
Towey is trying to make the message to Catholic families clear: At Ave Maria University, “you can get an excellent liberal arts education that is affordable and fully supportive of the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
The University credits its lean administration, loyal and generous donors, and ability to increase enrollment as reasons why the price reduction is possible. Ultimately, however, Towey said, “At a small university like Ave Maria, we recognize that it’s all in the Lord’s hands.”
Ave Maria University is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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