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Troy University freezes tuition for third time in four years

A restructuring of the cost plan last year eliminated most fees and created a single tuition rate for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral classes.

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After restructuring attendance costs last year, Troy University has once again frozen tuition, the third tuition freeze in four years.

“At Troy, the most important thing we do is take care of students,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. “In a time of economic inflation, when the prices of so many consumer goods are rising, we feel it is our responsibility to keep our tuition as low as possible for our students.”

Troy University froze tuition rates in Fall 2019 and Fall 2020. In Fall 2021, the University established a new pricing structure that created one tuition rate for all undergraduate students and eliminated a host of enrollment fees, which kept the total price of enrollment level for most students according to the university. For Fall 2022, University leaders have once again frozen tuition rates and are retaining the pricing structure which has done away with all mandatory enrollment fees.

The updated pricing structure, called the Clear Cost Plan eliminates a host of fees, including all lab fees, course fees, registration fees, recreation fees, and more. It also establishes single tuition rates for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral classes whether online or in-class.

A 12-hour semester at Troy this year will cost $4,656 based on the $388 per credit hour for undergraduate courses. For comparison, a 12-hour semester at the University of Alabama is estimated at $5,550, a semester at Auburn is $5,913 and a semester at Auburn University at Montgomery is $4,773.

This pricing model stands in contrast to the tuition and fee models in place at many institutions, in which numerous fees are tacked onto the tuition rate, said Dr. Jim Bookout, Senior Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs and Troy Online.

“We have eliminated all of our mandatory enrollment fees that most universities have long adopted as standard pricing strategies,” Bookout said. “The advantage to students and families is transparency in our pricing. Unlike some institutions, Troy University cannot freeze tuition rates while simultaneously increasing an array of enrollment fees.”

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Troy University has been recognized as a national model for providing quality, affordable education in a new report from the Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust.

The case study, published in December 2021, is part of a project focusing on affordability strategies employed by the governing boards of five public universities.

“Ongoing efforts to ‘right-size’ the university have resulted in significant cost savings, enabling university leadership to provide students with an affordable, flexible, and quality education,” the report states.

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