Huntington University has announced a tuition freeze for the 2013-14 academic year, the second such freeze in a decade.
The action by the university's board of trustees freezes tuition at 2012-13 levels for all incoming and returning students. HU also adopted a tuition freeze for the 2004-05 school year.
"In these uncertain economic times, students and parents will have one less worry," says HU President G. Blair Dowden.
Huntington University's undergraduate tuition will remain locked at $23,300 next year. Room, board and fees will rise slightly to bring the total sticker price to $32,200, or an overall increase of 1.6 percent. This figure includes a new technology fee which will underwrite a campus wireless and cloud printing initiative.
Across the United States, the average tuition at four-year private institutions this year is $29,056 and the total cost of attendance averages $43,289, according to figures compiled by The College Board.
Currently, Huntington's tuition ranks 23rd out of the 31 independent colleges and universities in Indiana and 56th out of the 109 members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Dowden, who notes that Huntington University has been named a regional best value in five of the past six years, points to the university's loan repayment program as another way the school is assisting its students with college costs. Through the program, students who meet income guidelines can have all or part of their loans repaid.