Colleges counter looming enrollment declines with tuition bargains

Jun 1, 2020 by

This spring many colleges announced tuition deals for students in response to the pandemic, and they’re seeing it pay off with growing application numbers.

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By Emma Whitford –

The pandemic has caused many students to hit pause on their education while colleges work to determine whether they can reopen for in-person instruction this fall.

Uncertain enrollments and potentially high summer melt have driven colleges to announce a variety of tuition discounts and scholarship programs to entice prospective students and to keep those already enrolled. Whether the programs will pay off is still to be determined.

The University of Nebraska system debuted its Nebraska Promise program in April. It had been in the works for a while, said President Ted Carter, but the timing of the announcement was driven by the pandemic.

The program offers to waive tuition and fees for resident Nebraska students who are Pell Grant eligible or whose families make less than $60,000 a year — equating to about 1,000 additional students, Carter said. Students are responsible for room and board fees.

Delaying the program was “something we could not afford to do,” Carter said. The system will also implement a two-year tuition freeze.

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