College of St. Joseph has announced that it will reduce its base undergraduate tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year, from $23,000 to $17,500. The move, referred to as a tuition reset in the world of higher education, is an effort to address the rising cost of a college education and the barriers it creates for students and their families. It is also an attempt to simplify the very complex process of determining the actual cost of a degree.
The tuition reset builds upon CSJ’s long history of providing generous financial assistance and places the College among the most affordable institutions in the region. It also helps make CSJ’s intensely personal, career-focused educational experience accessible to more students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
“Our tuition reduction takes aim at the high cost that separates students from the quality education they can find at a small, private college like CSJ,” says Ken LaBate, Vice President of Student Recruitment and Admissions for the College. “College costs have become so complex and confusing for the average family. We’re trying to simplify, to signal affordability and convenience. It is our hope that through this tuition reset, more students will discover CSJ and have the opportunity to experience a transformative education and a brighter future.”
The reduced tuition cost takes effect at the start of the 2018 fall semester. Incoming undergraduate and transfer students will see a lowered tuition cost of $17,500 before any financial aid is applied. Additionally, the College’s signature Provider Scholarship program will still be available to incoming residential students with a 2.0 GPA or higher, further lowering those students’ cost by $9,000 per year.
The tuition reset is just the latest way the College has been working to make college more affordable for anyone who wishes to pursue a degree. CSJ’s streamlined admissions process and free application policy offers greater accessibility, and the school currently ranks as one of the top two colleges in the State of Vermont for first-in-family college students. The Provider Scholarship Program, worth $36,000 over four years with locked-in tuition for each year, allows students to obtain an affordable education while also providing thousands of hours of community service to local nonprofits each year.
For more information about CSJ’s tuition reset, visit www.csj.edu/tuitionreset.