Two more Indiana schools have announced plans to freeze tuition. Indiana University President Michael McRobbie is recommending no increase for the next two years for in-state students on the Bloomington campus. Ivy Tech Community College says it will freeze tuition for continuously-enrolled students starting with the fall semester. Ivy Tech says students who enroll for a combined total of at least 30 credit hours for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters are also eligible for the freeze.
The school believes the move will benefit the majority of its students, who take fewer than 12 credit hours per term by encouraging them to stay enrolled. It says the plan will help full-time students stay on track to graduate in two years, and students who are taking the minimum number of credits graduate in four years.
Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers is commending Ivy Tech, saying the plan supports the state's goal of having 60 percent of Hoosiers earn a degree or credential by 2025.
Indiana University says increased state funding helped fuel its decision. Under the plan, out-of-state student tuition would increase 1.5 percent each of the next two years, and rates at IUPUI and the school's regional campuses will rise 1.65 percent.
IU says it has the lowest average net cost of attendance in the Big Ten.
Earlier this month, Purdue University announced a proposed tuition freeze on the West Lafayette campus for the next two academic years. That marks four years of flat tuition for the school, coming after 36 consecutive years of increases.
Sources: Inside INdiana Business, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University