Rowan University will freeze the cost of tuition and fees for undergraduate students in 2013-14, according to a resolution approved by the board of trustees at its meeting Wednesday at the new medical school in Camden.
Housing rates and meal plans will increase 2 percent.
Tuition and fees for undergraduate students will remain at $12,380 for students from New Jersey and $20,186 for out-of-state students. In-state part-time students will pay $490 per credit.
The total cost of graduate school tuition and fees will increase 1 percent to $780 per credit. The MBA program tuition and fees will increase a total of 2.2 percent to $830 per credit. In both cases the tuition is increasing, but the fees will remain the same.
The medical school tuition and fee total will increase 3 percent for in-state students to $35,605 per year. For out-of state students the tuition and fee increase will be 2 percent for a total cost of $55,505.
Rowan officials said the decision to keep undergraduate tuition and fees flat is part of the college effort to support access. In a letter to the university community, college President Ali Houshmand said the goal was not easy to achieve. He cited new cost-center budgeting that made departments and programs accountable for every dollar spent, and strategic enrollment increases that generated more revenue.
He said Rowan will also be adding 11 new academic programs, including a doctorate in cell and molecular biology, its first Ph.D. program.
Most other state colleges have not yet set their tuition for 2013-14, though Rowan officials said they believe they are the only public college that will keep tuition and fees flat.
Paul Shelly, spokesman for the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, said the colleges are working to keep increases at about 2 percent.
Last year the average increase in tuition and fees at the public colleges, including Stockton and Rowan, was about 3 percent.
Richard Stockton College’s trustees approved a 2 percent increase in room and board at their May meeting, but postponed a decision on tuition and fees until the July 10 meeting, after the state budget and state aid are finalized.
At the May meeting, Stockton President Herman Saatkamp Jr. said it would take a 2 percent increase in tuition just to cover state-negotiated salary increases.
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