More than 100,000 Indiana University students who are on track to graduate in four years could be eligible for a tuition freeze. But IU officials are skipping around the idea that this freeze is in the shadow of Purdue University’s recent tuition announcement.
IU students who have completed half of the credits needed for their major will be eligible for an award that freezes their sophomore year tuition rate for the following two years. Transfer students from non-IU campuses, students with a GPA below 2.0 and those on academic probation are not eligible.
IU says the freeze is meant to control student debt. But in comparison, to a plan Purdue University president Mitch Daniels unveiled this month it is not nearly as inclusive. Purdue’s plan freezes tuition for all students. IU’s freeze only applies to those who are on-track to graduate in four years.
IU CFO and Treasurer MaryFrances McCourt says the university will not be “influenced” by what others are doing.
“We are not looking at Purdue and saying what are they doing and what should we do,” McCourt says. “We have spent a lot of time investing in some of these and we have gotten national accolades on our attention to the student and what will bring success to the student.”
IU sophomore Angela Jordan is pre-med. She has student debt and says obviously any money saved is good, but more is better.
“In my personal opinion, you can always do more- it’s fine to save money,” Jordan says. “But I think it’s a good start definitely.”
Students will be notified of their eligibility after the summer session ends.