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NY Times spotlights Ave Maria University's tuition reduction move

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Getting Out of Discount Game, Small Colleges Lower the Price

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A higher education riddle: When can a college slash tuition by almost half, without losing revenues? Answer: When nobody much pays full tuition anyway.

When Converse College, a tiny women’s college here, announced that it was “resetting” next year’s tuition at $16,500, down 43 percent from the current year’s published price of $29,000, the talk was about affordability, transparency and a better deal for struggling families.

But of Converse’s 700 undergraduates, only a small number — in the single digits, its president said, paid the full sticker price in recent years. Almost everyone received a tuition discount from the college, along with, in many cases, financial aid from the state and federal governments.

Now, like some other small private colleges, Converse is cutting tuition and reducing discounts. Betsy Fleming, Converse’s president, said the tuition discount rate would drop to 25 percent, well below the national average, from the current 56 percent. The college will still offer aid to talented students, but only to the extent covered by its $39 million endowed scholarship funds.

While Converse’s reset was the most drastic, others including Concordia University, St Paul, in Minnesota, Ashland University in Ohio, Ave Maria University in Florida, Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina and Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, have also recently announced tuition cuts. Read more...

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President Jim Towey and AMU Featured on EWTN News Nightly

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ave Maria University President Jim Towey was a guest on EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell on Wednesday, December 18.

Click here to view President Towey's segment.

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AMU Board Member William McGurn on Obama's Contraceptive Mandate

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Ave Maria University Board Member William McGurn wrote a piece in the New York Post on the recent news of Obama's contraceptive mandate heading to the Supreme Court. Click here to read the article on the NY Post website.

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