In a historic move to close the college accessibility gap, Seattle Pacific lowers undergraduate tuition rate by 25%.
Across the nation, college costs rise every year, making it more difficult for students, especially those considering a private university, to attend their college of choice.
In response, nationally ranked Seattle Pacific University is reducing undergraduate tuition by 25%, beginning in autumn 2021. The new annual tuition rate will be $35,100.
“Many students look at that initial tuition number and believe a college like SPU isn’t a financial possibility, without even exploring whether it’s a good fit for them. This model is ultimately unsustainable, so we sought to bring our tuition rate more in-line with what students pay.”
SPU is the first private university in the Pacific Northwest to make this change, in an effort to make college more accessible to students and to make the financial aid and college payment process easier for families to predict.
“Every year, colleges’ tuition rates rise, and along with them, schools offer deep discounts to help students meet those higher costs,” said Jordan Grant, associate vice president for Enrollment Operations and Student Financial Services at SPU.
“Many students look at that initial tuition number and believe a college like SPU isn’t a financial possibility, without even exploring whether it’s a good fit for them. This model is ultimately unsustainable, so we sought to bring our tuition rate more in-line with what students pay. This will allow more students from a variety of financial positions to consider SPU,” Grant said.
SPU will also cap future undergraduate tuition rate increases to no more than 4% annually for students enrolling in autumn 2021, and SPU offers substantive scholarships that address financial need, faith, and academic merit.
Current undergrad students who are continuously enrolled full time will also have the opportunity to take a free undergraduate or graduate course after graduation. The extra course allows students to deepen their expertise in their chosen field as they begin their careers or to explore another area of interest.
The tuition reduction is a result of two years of extensive planning, research, and budget stewardship, as well as a strong rate of returning students and growth in student enrollment.
“Tuition Reimagined is the culmination of efforts by the Board of Trustees and many others to reimagine our price to provide access and opportunity to students who might not see attending a nationally ranked, private university as a possibility,” said President Dan Martin. “Particularly in a time in our nation when many families are facing increased financial pressures and economic uncertainty, lowering tuition provides students and their families a greater opportunity to enroll at SPU and meet their educational dreams.
“It’s another way SPU demonstrates commitment to accessibility and equity as these changes impact undergraduate students for years to come.”