FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Feb. 27, 2012
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations or Debra Collins, Director of Communications
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178 / 717-262-2607
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – In a strong affirmation of its commitment to maintaining the affordability of a Wilson College education, the Wilson Board of Trustees voted this weekend to hold the line on tuition for 2012-13.
The board agreed to the recommendation by President Barbara K. Mistick to hold tuition at the 2011-12 rate of $28,745 for the next academic year. In addition, the board approved modest hikes in fees — including those for room, board and technology — to cover only the direct increases in the college’s cost of providing the services. The result is that full-time, residential Wilson students will pay just 1.2 percent more next year for tuition and fees.
“The board’s decision to maintain the tuition rate demonstrates its extraordinary commitment to keeping a Wilson education a great value,” Mistick said today. “Due to the current economic climate, we feel it is absolutely essential for the college to keep cost increases to a minimum. It won’t be easy. We will have to be extremely vigilant in every expense category. But we strongly believe this is the best decision for our students and for Wilson College.”
The decision to hold tuition steady was based in part on the ongoing economic recession, which is affecting enrollment at institutions of higher education across the nation. In attempting to ride out the recession for the past few years, many families have simply exhausted their savings for education and are facing uncertainty about their economic futures. Another key factor in the decision is Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed cuts to state financial aid, which would mean many students would receive less grant money and have to borrow more, according to Dr. Mistick.
“We are concerned about our students taking on more debt, especially at a time when the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is considering cuts to student aid,” she said.
For the 11th consecutive year, Wilson College was rated for 2012 as a “Best Value” college by the influential U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” issue. The designation is an indication of a high-quality education at a great price.
The tuition decision “lets our students and their families know they can be confident they are getting great value for their educational investments,” Mistick said.
Wilson awards $12 million in aid and scholarships annually and 96 percent of students receive some form of financial aid. Wilson does not reduce its own scholarships for students who receive outside aid, allowing students to reduce the amount of borrowing, according to Vice President for Enrollment Mary Ann Naso.
Wilson College is a liberal arts college founded in 1869. The institution, which prides itself on offering its student individual attention, has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1. Students may choose from more than 40 fields of study, including majors, minors, concentrations and certificates, as well as two master’s degrees. Additional opportunities are available in physical education and dance; pre-professional programs in law, medicine, veterinary medicine and the health sciences; and a variety of special learning opportunities, internships and study-abroad programs.
For more information, contact Cathy Mentzer at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178, or Debra Collins at 717-262-2607.
Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2011-12 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Program is 746 and includes 21 students from 10 foreign countries.
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