Friends University has approved a modest 5 percent tuition increase for traditional undergraduate students in the College of Business, Arts, Sciences and Education (CBASE) for the 2013-14 academic year.
“The University has worked very hard in recent years to ensure our costs remain as reasonable as possible,” said Dr. T.J. Arant, president of Friends University.
“We are pleased that even with the increase, our tuition will likely remain in the mid-range of private colleges in Kansas,” Dr. Arant said. “This makes us a great value among Kansas institutions, and an even greater value when compared to our regional peer universities in surrounding states.”
He noted the added value is in the student experience at Friends University.
“We have national programs of high quality that draw students from coast-to-coast. Our low faculty-to-student ratio contributes to effective mentoring relationships. Friends students provide more than 7,000 hours annually to service-learning projects, both in the U.S. and abroad. We have many student organizations spanning a broad range of interests that help develop leadership and community building skills.”
According to Dr. Arant, an independent education is much more affordable than most people assume and is worth the investment. Nearly all Friends University traditional undergraduate students receive some sort of financial aid that can significantly narrow the gap between a private and public education.
“All in all, a Friends education focuses not only on academics, but on the whole person –on helping each person integrate their intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual and physical selves in order to lead meaningful lives,” he said.
Dr. Arant indicated the University is still working on finalizing tuition for adult and graduate programs. Current degree completion and graduate students who have already started their program will continue to pay the tuition rate in effect when they entered the program.