Purdue Trustees Extend Tuition Freeze
May 16, 2014 — Indiana Public Broadcasting — Though he won’t predict how long it’ll last, Purdue’s President is committing to a third consecutive year without a tuition hike. Mitch Daniels received approval from Purdue’s Board of Trustees Friday to extend the freeze, one of his signature moves since he became the university’s chief executive.
Purdue is largely paying for the freeze by increasing its non-resident population. The University has generated about 784 million dollars a year in tuition each of the last two years. That’s because out-of-state and international students pay three times what in-state students pay. And as in-state attendance drops, non-resident attendance has increased by nearly a thousand students over the past three years. In addition, the school now has more students who are non-residents than it does native Hoosiers. Daniels says the move wasn’t designed to compete with price hikes at other schools, but he does concede it may act that way.
Daniels says the freeze is also a message to those who opposed his budget-cutting measures to continue tightening their belts. He is encouraging everyone in the Purdue University family to look for ways to reduce costs and increase efficiencies by putting into practice “good ideas” that some may have thought of earlier but chose not to put into effect.
Despite the freeze, Daniels says staff can expect an average raise of one-and-a-half percent in the coming year, but some departments that the President calls “well-administered” and “the best performers” can expect more.