Friends University recently approved a modest 5 percent tuition increase for traditional undergraduate students in the College of Business, Arts, Sciences and Education (CBASE) for the 2014-15 academic year.
“Keeping our costs as reasonable as possible is something we consider very carefully each year,” said Dr. T.J. Arant, president of Friends University.
“Our tuition continues to fall in the mid-range of private colleges in Kansas,” 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.”
Arant noted that a private education offers added value in student experiences.
“Our students benefit from mentoring relationships with their faculty due to our low faculty-to-student ratio. Service-learning projects in the U.S. and abroad are part of many programs and are being expanded into others to help students develop leadership and community building skills. Many of our programs draw students on a national level and offer a unique experience not available at other institutions,” he said.
A private education is much more affordable than most people assume and is worth the investment, Arant noted. 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.
“At Friends, we are not just focused on academics, but on the entire person. We help our students integrate their intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual and physical selves so they can lead meaningful lives and work to improve their communities,” he said.
The University will finalize tuition for adult and graduate programs later this spring, Arant said.