University of Delaware announces tuition increase

NEWARK — Tuition and fees at the University of Delaware for the 2016-17 academic year will increase by $310 for Delawareans (to $12,830) and by $830 for nonresidents (to $32,250), the school said Tuesday in a news release.

This year there are no increases in mandatory fees, which include the Student Health Service Fee, the Student Center Fee and the Student Comprehensive Fee, according to UD. Room and board increases for the coming year average 2 percent.

Total cost for undergraduates living on campus (including tuition, mandatory fees, room and board) will be $24,898 for Delawareans (up 2.25 percent) and $44,318 for nonresidents (up 2.47 percent).

Campus housing and dining options vary, and the standard housing and dining options total $12,068.

Graduate tuition rates by program vary. The base graduate tuition and fees for 2016-17 will increase by 2.75 percent: tuition up $46 to $1,720 per credit hour; and sustaining fees each semester for master’s students (up $18 to $658) and doctoral students (up $27 to $993).

In the 2015-16 academic year, UD students received more than $93 million in grants and scholarships administered by the university, a 20 percent increase from just two years ago.

The university used these scholarships and grants to pay for nearly 3,400 students from the state of Delaware.

“Academic quality and access are top priorities at the University of Delaware,” said Provost Domenico Grasso. “We work hard to provide our students with a top flight education, and we are equally dedicated to controlling costs and providing financial and scholarship support to ensure the Delaware experience is within their reach.”

For Delaware families with need, the Commitment to Delawareans program meets the full demonstrated financial need and caps student loans at 25 percent of the cost of a four-year degree, the school said. That commitment, unique in higher education according to UD, was a major reason the Give Something Back Foundation donated $3 million to UD in 2015.

Those funds will provide up to 150 of the most-needy Delaware students with the opportunity to graduate from the University debt-free.

Earlier this year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine once again included UD in its list of 100 best values in public colleges, and The Princeton Review featured UD in its book “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.” In 2015, Money magazine ranked UD 21st among public universities that provide the best value for the tuition dollar.

For more details on approved undergraduate tuition rates, room and board and student fees, visit www.udel.edu/rates.

Undergraduate students will be notified in the coming week when their official billing and financial for the 2016-17 academic year is made available.

Graduate students will be notified of their updated information by the end of July and can view updated rates by program here. For additional information, visit www.udel.edu/sfs.

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