Purdue students on the West Lafayette campus likely won’t see an increase in tuition this fall or the year after. President Mitch Daniels announced his intentions to freeze tuition and most fees at the current levels for the next two years. The two that will go up are the student activity and student fitness and wellness fees, which were already approved.
That means an in-state student will pay just under $10,000 per year, non-residents about $28,800, and international students $30,800.
A news release from the university quotes President Mitch Daniels as saying, "In this period of national economic stagnation, it's time for us to hit the pause button on tuition increases. Our students and their families deserve a high-value education that they can afford." He goes onto say, “We will fit our spending to their budgets - not the other way around.”
The news release states details will be announced in the coming weeks on administrative efficiency – or a framework for achieving the necessary savings – to manage the tuition freeze. It also states "Daniels has discussed the matter informally with the trustees and has their support in concept."
Tuition and fees for the regional campuses are determined separately based on factors such as enrollment, programs offered and the state appropriation for that campus.
The last time Purdue went a year without raising tuition, it was 1976.