Wilson holding line on tuition, fees

Wilson holds the line

Wilson College is holding the line on its tuition and housing fees for the 2021-22 academic year, college President Wesley R. Fugate said in a news release this week.

“Wilson since its founding, has been a place of access,” Fugate said. “Today, one way we continue that tradition of providing access to higher education is by keeping the education we offer affordable.”

The Wilson Board of Trustees approved tuition, room, board, and fees for the upcoming academic year that holds the line on both tuition and on-campus housing for full-time students.

Board saw a modest 2% increase and the comprehensive fee intraditional, creased by $110.

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2021-2022 Tuition and Fees

  • Traditional Student Full-time Tuition (annual), $25,200
  • Housing, $5,550
  • Board, $6,340
  • Comprehensive Fee, $1,000

While media reports cite an over 25% increase in tuition at colleges and universities nationally over the past decade, Wilson’s tuition has decreased by 12% during that time.

In those 10 years, Wilson’s tuition has only increased two times. During one of those years, Wilson cut tuition by over 17%. The College’s tuitiontodayis nearly the same price it was 14 years ago, Fugate said. It’s tuition, room, and board are cheaper than it was in the 2010-2011 academic year.

“Our Board of Trustees, like our founders, believe our top priority is to offer all students a quality education rooted in the liberal arts at an affordable price,” he said. “That is why it remains so important for us to keep our cost to students affordable.”

They work to do that regardless of their background or socioeconomic level, he said. “Especially in light of the economic impacts so many are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Preparing for and adapting to the pandemic has not been easy, or inexpensive, Fugate said.

Overcoming pandemic challenges

“We simply could not have anticipated the overall expense of the COVID-19 challenges when planning our operational budget,” he said. “But like with other hurdles, the College has risen to the occasion. History certainly has shown that when things get tough, we Phoenix come together and overcome.”

The college has used state and federal funding to help students with the greatest financial need; and preserve as many faculty and staff jobs as possible. That included pay reductions.

“We have tightened our spending and eliminated non-essential expenditures,” he said. “Our judicious stewardship of the budget in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 has allowed us to impact overall costs to students and families as little as possible.”

It’s been challenging, Fugate said. But faculty has worked to find ways to adapt to the needs oftoday’s students.

The college launched three new undergraduate programs in finance, sport management, and criminal justice. The board expects to announce three additional new undergraduate majors and one new graduate program.

“We seek to provide the very best preparation for our students to not only enter into a successful career or graduate study, but to make a difference in their communities,” Fugate said. “We are excited about the role these programs will play in helping our graduates do just that.”

The past semester has been a time of adapting and learning, of empathizing and understanding, he said.

“We have learned a great deal and plan to implement those best practices for even greater success in the spring. I know we can overcome the challenges the pandemic presents if we stay committed to the Wilson family, if we stay as #OneWilson.”

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