Tabor to freeze tuition costs

For the first time since the mid-1970s, Tabor College is going against the trend by holding the line on the cost of tuition for the 2012-13 school year.

Recognizing that the ongoing economic downturn is making it challenging for families to afford college, Tabor College President Jules Glanzer announced Monday that Tabor will freeze the cost of tuition.

?We have heard from our current students and their families that these tumultuous economic times have made it difficult for them to be able to afford college,? Glanzer said. ?We want to help those students who have chosen Tabor College to be able to fulfill their desire of a college education.

?We want to make it clear that our students are important to us, and we want to be compassionately responsive to their needs during this period of wide-spread economic uncertainty,? he added.

Tabor will increase its room and board charges in the coming year to cover increased fixed costs related in the areas of dining and housing.

Rusty Allen, vice-president of enrollment management and intercollegiate athletics, said it is important to recognize the economic struggle.

?There has been a growing gap between what families can afford to pay toward tuition and final tuition expenses after the various forms of financial aid are exhausted,? Allen said.

?At least for one year, we are glad to take steps that do not increase that gap for students who wish to attend Tabor College. This should have a positive impact for new and returning students alike.?

This strategic move should improve the likelihood that students will not have to secure additional funding or loans for the coming year to cover their required classes, according to Allen.

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