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Tuition Freedom Day Offers Thanks to Donors

Posted on 1/20/2011 6:48:25 PM
Writing thank-you notes to donors during the first Tuition Freedom Day on January 19, 2011, were students Sarah Popiel, left, of Columbia Station, Ohio, and Sarah Krick, of Wellsboro.

More than 250 students at the Indiana, Punxsutawney, and Northpointe campuses participated in IUP’s first Tuition Freedom Day on January 19, 2011.

The event, organized by the Office of Annual Giving, part of the University Relations Division, involved writing thank-you notes to donors who help to subsidize the educational experience for students.

Tuition Freedom Day is designed to raise awareness of the fact that student tuition covers less than 60 percent of the actual cost of a student’s university education. Private donations from alumni, friends, parents, faculty and staff members, and students help to cover the rest of the cost.

“We designed Tuition Freedom Day to help educate students about the impact that private gifts have on financing an IUP education and to give them a chance to say thank you to our donors by writing personal thank-you notes,” Sheila Rawlings, assistant director of the Annual Giving office, said.

“The event was well received by the students, and it was very gratifying to see how sincere they were in their messages to donors. We look forward to building on this event in the years to come.”

Pictured taking part in Tuition Freedom Day are students Sarah Popiel, of Columbia Station, Ohio, and Sarah Krick, of Wellsboro.