The College has announced what the charges for tuition, room, and board will be in the 2010-11 academic year.
The annual charges for full-time undergraduates, approved by the Board of Trustees on March 18, 2010, are $30,752 for tuition and $12,881 for a double room with board. Altogether, the basic cost of attending Emerson for most undergraduate students living on campus will increase from $41,688 to $43,633. This is a 4.7 percent increase overall, with tuition increasing 4.6 percent over last year.
At the same time, the Board approved a 12 percent increase in financial aid, for a total of $26.6 million next year, including a $1.5 million pool to assist upperclassmen whose families have been hard hit by the recession. More than two thirds of the tuition increase will be returned to students in the form of financial aid.
Expenditures for instruction will also increase by 8.2 percent and academic support expenditures will increase by 8.7 percent.
The new per-credit charge for part-time undergraduate and graduate students will be $961 per credit hour, beginning September 1, 2010. The basic cost of taking a four-credit course will increase from $3,676 to $3,844.
In a letter to parents, President Jacqueline Liebergott and Board of Trustees Chair Peter Meade wrote: “While we continue to keep the College’s operating budgets as lean as possible, the new charges for tuition, room, and board provide the additional revenue that we believe is necessary to maintain the quality of our academic programs and student services.”
Liebergott and Meade noted that the cost of attending Emerson remains substantially lower than its private peer institutions, including Boston University, New York University, Syracuse University, and Ithaca College. “In terms of academic quality, cost, and location, Emerson College remains an excellent educational value,” they wrote.