Utica, NY - Today, Utica College has announced that it is freezing tuition costs for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Utica College students will now be paying the same amount for tuition this fall as they did last year.
Jeffrey Gates, Senior Vice President of student life and enrollment management of Utica College says, “We certainly recognize that this Covid-19 pandemic has created some financial uncertainty for our families and we want to do everything that we can to ensure that students have access to a first class Utica College education.”
In 2015, the college did a tuition reset which reduced tuition for undergraduate students (which is now at about $21,500), making it one of the most affordable private institutions in the northeast.
“No one knows better than Utica College about addressing college affordability,” said Gates.
This year, the tuition freeze goes across all campuses, graduate or undergraduate, including the college nursing programs in Liverpool, NY and Florida.
“I'm worried about increase costs,” said Gates, “It's not about the cost, because a lot of students have a four-year plan and in terms of how they're going to fund their educational experience, but we're trying everything that we can to mitigate any of the additional pressures that may be on a student or on their family.”
Since tuition costs will not change for the next year, will that affect the cost of room and board if students are allowed to return to campus?
“Those costs are going to go up like they normally do but the biggest cost for students is the tuition costs were doing some other things that we are putting the finishing touches on and will announce those in terms of lowering the cost of textbooks as well as creating some other efficiencies for students in terms of the overall cost,” added Gates.”
Textbook costs are about $1400 for 30 credits and the textbook bundle will be about $790.
Utica College is also offering summer courses for current students that are about $200 per course plus fees. Gates notes that students can use this program to catch up in order to graduate on time or get ahead possibly graduate earlier.
“We have allowed families up until June 1 to make their college choice so that's also helping our recruitment efforts this year. I think this is really going to help a lot of our families with the added pressure of college.”
Utica College continues to plan for students to return in the fall.