Indiana University of Pennsylvania will pilot a new
per-credit tuition pricing program for the fall 2015 semester.
The Tuition Pricing Flexibility Pilot, approved by the
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors on January 22,
structures tuition charges on a per-credit basis to all resident undergraduate
students (students who domicile in Pennsylvania). This per-credit tuition
charge pilot program will be phased in over three years and includes discounts
of 7, 4, and 1 percent over the next three years of the new plan.
In addition to the phased-in discounts, two new
programs will be offered starting in fall 2015 providing financial support to
qualified undergraduate students who domicile in Pennsylvania.
“This new tuition pricing plan was developed as part
of a three-pronged approach to address current and future budget challenges at
IUP,” Michael Driscoll, IUP president, said. “The additional revenues generated
by this plan will be used to maintain our commitment to offering outstanding
academics at an affordable cost.
“However, because we understand the financial
challenges that our students and their families are facing, the discounts for
the first three years and the programs providing financial support are an
important part of this pilot project.”
The financial need-based grant is available to continuing
undergraduate students who domicile in Pennsylvania and who have been enrolled
full-time for at least one semester in either of the previous two academic
years and are making satisfactory academic progress. This grant would be automatically
awarded to those who qualify and would reflect the tuition cost of up to two
The other support program, the Academic Success
Initiative, is available to undergraduate students who domicile in Pennsylvania
who average 15 credit hours at IUP in each of the two prior semesters (or 30
credits in the previous year), who have no withdrawals on their record for the
previous two semesters, and who have not yet completed 120 credit hours.
Students who meet these qualifications and who have a
grade point average between 3.0 and 3.49 are eligible for an award equivalent
to the tuition cost of a one credit hour; students who meet these
qualifications and who have a grade point average of 3.5 or above are eligible
for an award equivalent to the tuition cost of two credit hours.
This pricing model replaces the past
undergraduate pricing structure for students who domicile in Pennsylvania, which
charged a flat rate for full-time students who were enrolled in 12 to 17.9
credits (undergraduate students are considered to be full-time students if they
are enrolled in 12 credit hours). This new pilot program brings IUP in line
with higher education institutions across the nation and several in the State
System which calculate tuition charges on a per-credit-hour basis.
“We will closely monitor the impact
of this pilot program over the next three years,” Driscoll said. “We want
students to complete their degrees in a timely fashion, and we hope that these
two new programs providing financial support will also provide incentives for
student success and timely completion of their degrees.”
For more information about the Tuition Pricing Flexibility Pilot program, please see the Frequently Asked Questions web page.