Manchester, N.H. (December 13, 2016) - As part of its commitment to make college more accessible, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has frozen the rate of tuition for its online and campus programs. The tuition freeze applies for SNHU's College of Online and Continuing Education (COCE) through July 2017 and University College (UC) for the 2017-18 academic year.
"We're proud to continue offering an accessible and sustainable private education," said SNHU Provost Dr. Patricia Lynott. "While we continue to reinvest in our campus facilities, we also understand the importance of controlling the rising cost of tuition."
Part of that investment effort is SNHU's focus on creating new, state-of-the art facilities that will provide a first-class academic experience for students, including the Richard and Joanne Gustafson Welcome Center, the William S. Green Center for Student Success, a state-of-the-art athletic complex and a 300-bed residence hall that will include a game room, fitness center and study rooms. In addition, President Paul LeBlanc and SNHU's Board of Trustees recently announced plans for another new residence hall and an engineering and technology building, part of SNHU's continued investment in developing additional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming.
Tuition for all undergraduate and graduate COCE programs has not increased in five years, and will remain at the current rates through July 2017. The tuition freeze will also apply to programs at SNHU's regional centers, partner community colleges and other affiliated institutions.
"When my family immigrated to the United States, I became the first in my family to complete a college degree and I was largely able to pay for it by working in the summer and part-time during the school year," said Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University. "With the rising cost of tuition nationwide, that accomplishment is increasingly out of reach for far too many Americans. As a non-profit university, our number one priority is to continue to provide high quality, affordable and accessible degree programs so that all students have the ability to achieve their dreams."
Across the nation, tuition at private institutions grew an average of 3.6% for 2013-14, and student loan debt has reached an all-time high. As the cost of a degree increases, SNHU will continue to work toward keeping a college education within reach for all students.