Purdue University’s board of trustees has endorsed another two-year tuition freeze on the West Lafayette campus, which would result in a total of six years with no change in base tuition. The board has also approved an operating budget for fiscal year 2018 that includes a 2.5 percent merit pay increase for employees on the main campus.
The proposal approved by the Finance and Executive committees, acting on behalf of the board, calls for 1.4 percent tuition increases for each of the next two years at Purdue Northwest and IPFW. President Mitch Daniels says thoughtful budgeting is allowing the university to invest in student affordability, teaching and research excellence.
Purdue’s base tuition has remained flat since 2012. Daniels says, if the school had raised rates at the national average, in-state tuition would be more than $1,000 per year higher. The school says the policy has paid off, as in-state applications for the upcoming academic year are up 7 percent, with the incoming freshman class expected to be the largest since 2008.
On the spending front, trustees have endorsed a more than $2 billion budget at the West Lafayette campus in 2018, along with $170 million at Purdue Northwest and $166 million in Fort Wayne.
The tuition and fee recommendations will now go to the Executive Committee for a May 31 public hearing, followed by a vote for final approval.