Another Tuition Freeze For Purdue

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Purdue University President Mitch Daniels has announced plans to once again freeze tuition on the West Lafayette campus. The move marks the seventh consecutive year of holding the line on tuition, which now extends through the 2019-2020 academic year.

The university says combining the tuition freeze with room and board rates which have been held flat or lowered and potential textbook savings through Purdue's partnership with Amazon, the total cost of attending Purdue is lower than it was in the 2012-2013 academic year. Purdue estimates families have saved a total of about $465 million through the deferral of tuition, fee, and room and board increases.

"A Purdue education will be less expensive in 2020 than it was in 2012," Daniels said in a news release. "This commitment to affordability has kept Purdue attractive to prospective students and has helped save families millions of dollars. Coupled with continued investments in the quality of our academic programs, we believe Purdue is delivering on our goal of higher education at the highest proven value."

Tuition and fees at the West Lafayette campus are $9,992 for Indiana residents, $28,794 for nonresidents and $30,954 for international students. The university says current Indiana resident students would be paying $1,400 more if the school had raised tuition by the national average for four-year public universities. Non-resident students would be paying $5,560 more annually if tuition rose by the Big Ten average.

Purdue adds 59 percent of undergraduates at the West Lafayette campus graduated debt-free in the 2016-2017 academic year, which is the highest figure on record for the university. The average for four-year public universities is 40 percent.

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