Indiana University to freeze undergraduate tuition for Hoosier residents attending IU Bloomington

  • May 20, 2015


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has recommended to the IU Board of Trustees that tuition not be increased for the next two years for Indiana residents attending the university’s Bloomington campus.  

The tuition freeze recommendation represents an expansion of the extensive tuition control efforts over the past two years that have resulted in no increases for more than 18,000 IU students, most of whom attend IU Bloomington.

These actions have allowed IU Bloomington students to continue to enjoy the lowest average net cost of attendance in the Big Ten.

The proposed freeze comes on the heels of increased state appropriations over the next two years for IU Bloomington due largely to IU’s strong commitment to performance funding metrics established by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.  

"Indiana University is grateful for the strong support we received from the General Assembly, Gov. Pence and the commission in the recently concluded session," McRobbie said. "This support has allowed us to hold tuition once again to historically low levels, including the tuition freeze at IU Bloomington.

"We share with the state a common vision of increasing the number of Hoosiers who graduate from college, while at the same time doing everything possible to see to it that our students graduate on time and with as little debt as possible."

Under the president’s recommendation, nonresident student tuition at IU Bloomington would increase 1.5 percent each of the next two years, while tuition increases at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and IU’s five regional campuses will average 1.65 percent, which is consistent with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education's recently announced guidelines on tuition.  

In addition, IU has committed to working with the commission to set "banded" tuition rates for IUPUI and IU's regional campuses by the start of the 2016-17 academic year. Under such a structure, which is used at IU Bloomington, students pay a set price for a "band" of course hours, rather than by the credit hour, thus encouraging students to take more classes in keeping with efforts to promote on-time graduation for as many students as possible.

Graduate school tuition increases for Indiana residents will vary by school but will average about 2 percent and be limited to a maximum of 3 percent. Nonresident graduate school tuition would increase just under 3 percent on average.

"These tuition recommendations reinforce our commitment to student affordability while allowing us to advance a positive agenda for IU’s future that is consistent with the needs of the state," McRobbie said.

IU trustees will hold a meeting to hear public comment on the university's tuition recommendations beginning at 3:30 p.m. June 3 in Room 450A of the IUPUI Campus Center in Indianapolis. The meeting also will be streamed live online at Complete details of the recommended tuition and fees for the next two years can be found online.

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