Tuition is on the rise at IPFW. The Purdue University Board of Trustees approved a 1.65 percent annual tuition increase for the Fort Wayne campus during the 2015-2017 budget cycle.

June 5, 2015

News Release

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Board of Trustees approved a 1.65 percent annual tuition increase for Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) during the 2015–17 budget cycle. This represents an increase this year of less than $5 per credit hour for Indiana resident undergraduate students and about $10 per credit hour for out-of-state undergraduate students.

The increase follows the recommended increase guidelines from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE).

Also, because of the increased resource demands associated with nationally-accredited professional programs, IPFW will apply a differential tuition rate of 5 percent this year to classes in the business, computer science, engineering, and nursing departments.

IPFW is the last public campus in the state to implement differential tuition for undergraduate courses.

Most schools charge differential tuition rates based on a student’s major, which results in those students paying more for all of their courses, even their general studies requirements. Instead, IPFW will apply the differential rate to classes in those four departments, regardless of a student’s major.

“It doesn’t make sense to charge nursing students more for their writing or foreign language classes simply because they’re nursing students,” said David Wesse, vice chancellor for financial and administrative affairs. “That’s why we decided to focus differential tuition on classes, not student majors.”

The differential tuition rate represents an increase of about $13 per credit hour for Indiana resident undergraduate students and about $32 per credit hour for out-of-state undergraduate students.

“These specific programs have strong experiential learning components, such as clinical teaching settings, which are more costly to deliver than standard classroom instruction,” said Wesse.

Funds from differential tuition will go directly to supporting student success in those areas.

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