IUP To Pilot New Tuition Flexibility Program

Posted on 1/22/2015 1:28:12 PM

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 credit hours.

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.