Indiana University officials say they have not decided whether to freeze tuition but say they do not feel pressured to do so because of Purdue’s announcement last week.
Former governor and Purdue University President Mitch Daniels proposed Friday a tuition freeze for the next two years—a move that would cost the university about $40 million in estimated revenue.
Daniels says he is willing to cut back in other areas to keep college affordable.
“Faculty and others that I’ve visited with they really do want this place to be accessible to students and over and over I’ve been told, ‘well if we knew that the money was going to that, or to scholarships.’” he says. “That would be something we could be enthusiastic about, so that’s the way we’re going to go at it and I’m fairly optimistic. At the end of the day if we have to engage in across the board cuts or something like it we can always do that, but we won’t start there.”
IU spokesman Mark Land agrees tuition rates should be as low as possible, but says Purdue’s actions should not influence how IU is handling its own budget.
“Each university has its own set of specific challenges,” he says. “Purdue is obviously doing what it thinks is the right thing to do, just like we did last year when we announced our tuition reduction and we did again earlier this year when we announced the on-time completion award.”
The on-time completion award at Indiana University would freeze tuition after a student’s sophomore year if they are on pace to graduate in four years.