The tuition reduction for summer courses, which will apply to all seven statewide IU campuses, will mean a savings of around $700 – $1000 for Indiana residents. IU President Michael McRobbie says the plan is not just about tuition discounts.
“Our plan provides a powerful incentive for more students to earn their degrees in four years and, for some, in even less time,” he says.
Lawmakers raised concerns this summer after IU and other public universities raised tuition higher than the Commission for Higher Education recommendations. Indiana State recently announced it would reduce its planned tuition increase. And Commission Chair Teresa Lubbers says IU’s plan is a step in the right direction.
“Anything that has the potential to save Hoosier students and families money is applauded by the Commission,” she says.
IU will also be offering a full summer semester, about 14 weeks, beginning in 2012. McRobbie says the other campuses will continue to have the standard two, shorter, summer sessions for the time being. The IU trustees are expected to vote to approve the plan Friday.