Tuesday, November 23, 1999

Thomas More won't raise tuition

Flat rate, scholarships part of plan

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CRESTVIEW HILLS — Thomas More College students will see no tuition increase for the 2000-2001 school year, the college announced Monday.

        The private college's Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday to hold tuition rates at $6,150 a semester — a rare move in a national economy where college costs are rising faster than inflation.

        The Rev. William F. Cleves, college president, said the board simply wanted to make college affordable.

        “The primary driver behind the decision was that we want to help the parents of our students, but especially the Catholic parents of Catholic students, give their children this wonderful gift of a Catholic liberal arts education,” Father Cleves said.

        Tuition increases at Thomas More have averaged 5.08 percent during the past seven years.

        The flat tuition rate is part of a comprehensive plan to help more students afford classes at Thomas More.

        There will be no cuts. Instead, the college restructured its administration, asked the faculty to consider reorganiz ing and repackaged its financial aid offerings.

        “Currently, we offer a number of full or major scholarships,” said Craig Rice, vice president for institutional advancement. “By also offering midrange and smaller, yet significant amounts of scholarship assistance to a larger number of students, we hope to help more students attend.”

        Northern Kentucky University will raise tuition 5.5 percent next year. NKU students will pay $1,066 a semes ter, a $56 increase above this year's rates.

        Thomas More officials said the decision to cap tuition was driven by the school's mission of serving the needs of the people of the Diocese of Covington.

        “When we looked at what Catholic parents are already investing in Catholic education for children, we decided to do what we can to help them,” Father Cleves said.


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