The total cost of tuition, fees and room and board for students enrolled in Emory College of Arts of Sciences will increase by 2.5 percent for the 2013-14 academic year.

At a meeting on Feb. 8, the University’s Board of Trustees increased undergraduate tuition from $42,400 to $43,400 – making the total cost of tuition, fees and room and board $56,470, according to a Feb. 8 University press release.

This year’s increase was smaller than in the past three years, according to Executive Vice President for Academic Affair and Provost Claire Sterk. Tuition increased by 4.1 percent in the 2012 to 2013 school year, 4.7 percent in the 2011 to 2012 school year and 2.9 percent in the 2010 to 2011, Sterk said.

Although most schools have yet to announce next year’s increases, Washington University in St. Louis has said it will increase its tuition rate by 3.8 percent and Princeton by 3.9 percent, according to Sterk. But, these numbers do not include increase in price of fees and room and board, which are included in Emory’s 2.5 percent increase, she said.

She added that more schools will announce their increases in tuition in the coming months. Sterk said that the University weighs multiple factors when determining the price of tuition.

“The main goal is to find the right balance between keeping increases minimal and being fiscally responsible in order to maintain high quality in all academic support service,” she wrote in an email to the Wheel.

Sterk also said that the University believes the 2.5 percent increase will positively affect enrollment.

“This modest increase will support our enrollment management strategies to recruit the best student, while being fiscally responsible and [ensuring] a high quality education and residential experience at Emory,” she said.

– By Elizabeth Howell 

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