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Purdue University To Vote On Tuition Freeze For Third Year

Other universities in the state say they are keeping an eye on Purdue's proposal but it is not affecting their policies.

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Purdue University has had a tuition freeze for the past two years.

Purdue Trustees plan to vote Friday on a proposal to freeze tuition for the third year in a row.

Leaders at some of Indiana’s other universities say they are keeping an eye on Purdue’s plan, but it’s not impacting them.

President Mitch Daniels, who will formally propose the measure at the trustees meeting, says he’s not sure how long the school will continue the practice.

It keeps Purdue’s overall cost lower than most, if not all, of the state’s private colleges.

But DePauw University Associate Vice President for Communications Jonathan Coffin says even though Purdue will generate headlines from the move, he believes students and parents choose colleges on other platforms than just cost.

“College presidents, whether they’re at Purdue or at DePauw or at Indiana University, certainly have influence,” Coffin says. “But I think there are a whole lot of other factors that come into these decisions.”

Indiana University spokesman Mark Land says though Purdue’s blanket freeze is a tactic used at few universities, it’s not as though there aren’t similar programs in place at other Indiana schools – some of which force students to have buy-in to the process.

“Many of our students, juniors and seniors, won’t see any tuition increase over their last two years  because we’ve got a program that’s now entering its second year that we call ‘Finish in Four’ that says if you’re on pace to graduate in four years, after your sophomore year we’re going to hold your tuition steady for as long as you remain on pace to graduate,” Land says.

Daniels says he expects little to no resistance from the Trustees, whom he says are committed to spending restraint.

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