College freezes tuition

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Kuyper College said this week that published tuition will remain the same for four years for freshmen and up to four years for transfer students. Courtesy Kuyper College

A Christian college in the area plans to freeze tuition for incoming students this fall.

Kuyper College said this week that published tuition will remain the same for four years for freshmen and up to four years for transfer students, depending on their class standing at transfer. Current students also will benefit from a combination of the freeze and increased institutional aid, Kuyper said.

Full-time tuition is listed on the college’s website as $23,970 per year.

This step is related to the college’s “comprehensive plan for college affordability.”

 “This is the latest of several initiatives over the past few years that we have taken to increase affordability and access for our students,” said Patricia Harris, Kuyper president.

As part of the plan, Kuyper said all its students receive financial aid — an average of $17,897 per year — through grants, scholarships and state and federal assistance programs, meant to keep student debt as low as possible.

After a one-year pilot, Kuyper last fall launched a four-year program that guarantees on-campus jobs for resident students and provides them with workplace and career readiness skills for post-graduation employment.

For the past two years, the Kuyper loan repayment assistance program has helped students repay loans after graduation if their income does not meet a specified threshold, currently $38,000.

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