Trustees extend tuition freeze through 2015-16 academic year

May 16, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue Board of Trustees on Friday (May 16) voted to endorse extending the university's tuition freeze through the 2015-16 academic year.

Trustees approved freezing tuition and most fees in May 2013 for on-campus students for two years, through the 2014-15 academic year. By flatlining tuition through 2015-16, students who entered Purdue in the fall of 2012 will have completed a four-year period without any base tuition increase, the first such four-year period since the four years ending with the 1972-73 academic year.

Affordability is a key part of the university's Purdue Moves, a range of initiatives designed to broaden Purdue's global impact and enhance educational opportunities for its students.

"Thanks go to all members of the Purdue family – faculty, staff and alumni – who have pulled together to break the cycle of annual cost increases and establish Purdue's commitment to keep its world-class education within the reach of all students," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. "It's essential to note that our affordability efforts are proceeding side by side with major new investments in the excellence of our teaching and research; the combination aims at producing the highest value in American higher ed."

Final tuition and fee decisions for fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17 will be made in May 2015, once state appropriations and other funding variables are known. The board voted to extend the freeze after Al Diaz, chief financial officer and treasurer, said the move was practicable.

"This is another step in making a quality education more accessible for more students," said Thomas Spurgeon, chairman of the Board of Trustees. "Purdue is continuing to set itself apart by addressing the tough questions facing higher education."

When Daniels initially announced the tuition freeze in March 2013, he called on the university's academic and administrative units to make affordability and value a top priority. 

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, 

Sources: Mitch Daniels,

Thomas Spurgeon, 

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