Roger Williams University (RWU), a New England Council Member, announced earlier this month that the tuition freeze put in place in fall 2012 will be extended to the 2015/2016 academic year. Undergraduate enrollment has climbed during the last two years and is currently at the largest in the university’s history.
In 2012, RWU launched the Affordable Excellence initiative, which capped tuition at $29,976 with a four-year guarantee, meaning students don’t have to worry about the price of tuition rising during their time there. The freeze applies to undergraduate and law students—and can save students up to $15,00. Some have given credit to the program for the increase in enrollment in both student populations. In two years, undergraduate enrollment has risen 15 percent, and first year law student enrollment is up by 24 percent since last fall—all in a national admissions climate that has seen sharply declining enrollment rates.
“Undergraduates at Roger Williams have seen no increase in tuition since 2012,” says RWU President Donald J. Farish. “To my knowledge, no other private university in this country has both frozen tuition for three years running and guaranteed that it won’t increase for students enrolled. And while we are keeping cost in check, we’re also strengthening the academic experience at RWU. Both through formal surveys of our students and by the large size of our incoming class, it’s clear that Affordable Excellence is important to students and parents.”
The New England Council applauds Roger Williams’ Affordable Education initiative and thanks them for making higher education more accessible in New England.