School costs raised $1300

Students will now have to pay $1,300 more to go to John Brown University.

The Board of Trustees and the President’s Cabinet recently approved the tuition and fees for next traditional undergraduate school year.

For the 2012-2013 school year tuition is going up $962. The University is increasing the fees by $46. Room and board is rising at $340. The total increase is $1,348, or 4.76 percent.

With this increase it now costs $29,676 a year to attend JBU. In the past six years it has risen $6,300.

On a handout given to each student through his mailbox, the University explained that in the 2011-2012 school year, that out of 79 Council for Christian Colleges and Universities JBU ranked 64th in most expensive at $28,328.

Last year’s increase was 5.25 percent.

According to the University press release, this percentage increase is the third lowest in 24 years.

“We realize that you are making a significant financial investment to come to JBU and that the current economic recession may make that decision more difficult. With this in mind we have taken extra measures to make sure that the necessary tuition increase is as low as it can be,” said Chip Pollard, University president.

“JBU continues to offer a high quality Christian education at a competitive cost,” said Don Crandall, vice president for enrollment management.

The tuition increase will cover unavoidable increases in operating costs, such as utility costs and service contracts, the University’s press release stated. It will also go toward salary and benefit adjustments for JBU faculty and staff, most of whose salaries are already below market standards.

“Like many other industries, the cost of doing business, including health insurance and energy, has impacted JBU,” said Kim Hadley, vice president for finance and administration. “President Pollard, the cabinet, faculty and staff are committed to be wise stewards of our resources so we can help keep the cost of tuition down.”

The campaign for zero waste and complete recycling on campus has given the incentive for lower utility costs.

“The zero landfill campaign will save the university money over time, because of reduced trash pickup costs,” Roebuck said. “My understanding is that the savings from zero landfill will not be realized initially because of investments needed to start the program. The truism ‘every bit counts’ applies here. The president and cabinet are always considering ways to save money to combat the rate of tuition increases, while still providing a high quality of education.”