Tuition on the rise at Quinnipiac

Quinnipiac University in Hamden (file).
Quinnipiac University in Hamden (file).

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– With Quinnipiac University getting a new state of the art facility for their School of Law, students and parents can see where a substantial portion of their tuition money is going.

While Quinnipiac is a great school with a prestigious reputation, like many schools, with the construction of new buildings (along with other escalating costs) comes higher tuition payments.

For incoming QU freshman, the university’s website lists tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year as $40,670. When you add room and board to that tuition amount, you’re looking at a total annual expenditure of $55,160 (plus books).

As worth many institutions of higher education, it appears the tuition price for Quinnipiac has risen each of the several most recent past years. For example, last year to attend Quinnipiac, the tuition was $39,330, making this year’s increase $1,340.

The Quinnpiac Chronicle documented the rise in tuition since 2008 as follows:

  • 2008-2009 –> $30,900
  • 2009-2010 –> $32,400
  • 2010-2011 –> $32,450
  • 2011-2012 –> $36,130
  • 2012-2013 –> $38,000

Thus, from 2008 to 2014 tuition has risen $9,770; that makes it almost $10,000 in tuition increases in only six years.

Let’s compare that to another Connecticut university, the University of Connecticut (UConn).

When combining tuition with room and other fees, in-state students must pay at a total of $32,794, (tuition alone= $11,456), regional New England students $43,840 (tuition= $20,048), and, if you’re coming from out of state, $53,532 (tuition= $29,740).

Additionally, Yale, a prestigious Ivy league school and one of the most famous universities in the world, charges tuition for the 2014-2015 year in the amount of $44,800, not including other fees like room and board. Their website quotes the total to be a ” reasonable, albeit modest, estimate of total cost may be estimated by the following costs to be $66,336,” for M.Arch. I students.

Thus, the cost of higher education in this state (and many others) is not inexpensive. Quinnipiac University, like most well respected colleges and universities, continues to improve their campus buildings and course offerings.  With such change comes the need to increase tuition.  It is a delicate balancing act with which many institutions have to be concerned.

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