The St. Catharine College Board of Trustees and administration recently chose not to raise tuition for the 2013-14 academic year.
William D. Huston, president of St. Catharine College, said the board and the college administration are fully aware of the rising cost of tuition and housing in today’s environment.
“The country has gone through a severe recession since 2008 and we felt that the students needed a break and decided not to raise tuition and housing for the 2013-14 academic year,” Huston said. “We continue to research other tuition models that might be initiated in the future at SCC.”
A large portion of the student population comes from working-class families, Huston said, and many of those families have been affected by the recession.
“With the cost of borrowing financing going up, as well as federal student loans, we felt this is one small effort on the local level to help our students,” Huston said.
Huston said students have voiced their gratitude in the tuition freeze.
“All attempts are being made to keep all expenses the same or less than the previous year,” Huston said.