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U.S. colleges & universities are reducing tuition fees because of pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has left its mark on education as well. According to a survey by NY Times, since the pandemic began, there have been at least 75 deaths and over 240,000 Covid-19 cases in American Colleges & Universities. 

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, educational institutions have been closed, students have returned back to their homes and classes & lectures started to be held online. 

After easing the restrictions and measures against Covid-19, students began returning to universities. But data show that during this fall semester, freshman enrollment has dropped significantly in American Colleges & Universities. Compared to last year, new students enrollment has dropped over 16% in the U.S. colleges and universities, according to the NSC Research Center.

Considering that the pandemic has caused a financial crisis as well, many U.S. universities have started to reduce tuition fees. But the reduction of tuition fees was a request of the students themselves. According to a survey held months ago, data showed that over 93% of students think online classes should cost less.

So, get to know some of the universities that offered lower tuition fees, reduced up to 61%. Universities below are known among the best universities as well. 

Months ago, Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester reduced tuition fees up to 61%. Days ago, they confirmed that the reduction in tuition fees will continue. “With cases on the rise in New Hampshire and across the country, the University has made the decision to continue delivering classes remotely for the Spring 2021 semester. Tuition rates will remain at SNHU’s reduced online rates for the spring semester”, SNHU President Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc announced.

Fairleigh Dickinson University is reducing tuition fees up to 25%. “FDU is reducing the base full-time undergraduate tuition rate for all new students on the New Jersey campuses beginning in fall 2021 to $32,000. This represents a 22-25% reduction from the current base rate”, they announced. Moreover, this university is freezing tuition rates for two consecutive years. As they stated, there was no increase for the 2020-21 academic year and there again will be no increase for the 2021-22 academic year.

Hampton University has lowered the tuition fees by 15% for this semester. “Because of the financial burden that the pandemic has had on students and parents, the University will reduce tuition and comprehensive fees by 15% for the fall 2020 semester.  This means that the total cost for the fall 2020 semester for 10 to 17 undergraduate hours will be $12,519, a savings of $2,187.  The reduced rate will be reflected in each student’s tuition bill”, William R. Harvey, President of HU has announced through a written letter

Because of the extraordinary circumstances caused by pandemic, Williams College has reduced tuition fees by 15% as well. “The total cost of attendance has been reduced by 15%. Tuition, room, and board for the 2020-2021 academic year is $63,200. Family contributions for students receiving financial aid has been reduced by 15%. The Student Activities Fee has been eliminated for all students. Students who study remotely do not pay room and board for the time they’re not on campus”, they announced through the official website of the college.

Months ago, Princeton University announced that tuition fees will be 10% less. “The University has approved a 10% discount to tuition for all undergraduate students during 2020-21, whether they are on campus or learning remotely. The discounted rate will be used to calculate financial aid packages for students eligible for aid”, they announced. 

So, if you are a new student looking forward to enrolling in an American college or university, you can consider any of these universities and benefit from these reduced tuition rates. And the most important of all, stay safe!