A Decision for Tuition

Tuition and fees set for the 2017-2018 school year

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A Decision for Tuition

The Kean University Board of Trustees set tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Petruce Jean-Charles

Every school year all members of the Kean community are welcome to a discussion regarding tuition and fees in which the Kean University Board of Trustees will consider and make their final decision. This year, the discussion was held in the Miron Student Center (MSC) Little Theatre at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. 

The tuition hearing was introduced by Janice Murray-Laury, vice president for Student Affairs, explaining that the meeting is ultimately an opportunity for the Kean community to obtain information regarding tuition and fees and recommend options to the Board of Trustees. 

Murray-Laury explained, "The information that you are going to hear is information that is going to be presented to the Board on Monday, June 26, and then they will make a decision and we will have the schedule of rates set for the next year." Murray-Laury then introduced the Vice President for Administration and Finance Andrew Brannen and Budget Director Alyce Franklin-Owens. 

Brannen began by commenting that a lot of time and effort propelled them to come to a point were recommendations could be made to the Board. He also pointed out that the recommended increase for tuition and fees would be 2% for the upcoming academic year.

"When we arrive at that number there are things that get taken into consideration and at a University - the number one thing is the ability to have quality programs and quality facilities so that we can track topnotch students, faculty and staff. That is one of those key criteria that we take into consideration, the other thing is the University as a whole. Kean is now widely considered as a comprehensive University, it has world-class programs and we want to do everything we can to enhance that," said Brannen.

When introducing the importance of scholarship funding Brannen said, "Another big objective that is important to us - the President and the Board - is scholarship funding, so we have made provisions to this budget to increase scholarship funding. We don't ever want to lose focus of what the mission is here, which is first-time, first-generation students so we have to always keep that in mind as we move through this process."

Brannen also compared Kean University to other institutions in regards to how each institution works with it affordability and budgeting. New Jersey is home to eight state colleges and universities. Last year during the 2016-2017 academic year, in-state tuition and fees ranged from $15,793.00 at The College of New Jersey to $11,430.10 at New Jersey City University - Kean University being the most affordable comprehensive university at $11,909.50.

"In terms of opportunities, one big one that has grown over a couple of years is external funding and there are two components to that," said Brannen. "There is external funding from grants, which Academic Affairs has worked very aggressively to grow that number 20% since 2009, and there is the Kean University Foundation, which now has 95,000 alumni across the world to tap into to see some growth in the foundation," Brannen explained.

On Monday, June 26, the Kean University Board of Trustees met in the North Avenue Academic Building (NAAB), and approved the 2017-2018 tuition and fees. The approved rates are as follows:

UNDERGRADUATE TUITION AND FEES: FALL 2017

  IN-STATE OUT-OF-STATE
Credits Tuition ($) Fees ($) Total ($) Tuition ($) Fees ($) Total ($)
1 308 154 462 523 154 677
2 616 308 924 1,046 308 1,354
3 924 462 1,386 1,569 462 2,031
4 1,232 616 1,848 2,092 616 2,708
5 1,540 770 2,310 2,615 770 3,385
6 1,848 924 2,772 3,138 924 4,062
7 2,156 1,078 3,234 3,661 1,078 4,739
8 2,464 1,232 3,696 4,184 1,232 5,416
9 2,772 1,386 4,158 4,707 1,386 6,093
10 3,080 1,540 4,620 5,230 1,540 6,770
11 3,388 1,694 5,082 5,753 1,694 7,447

12-19 credits
(full-time)
Flat Rate

3,954.50 2,098.75 6,053.25 7,405.50 2,098.75 9,504.25

UNDERGRADUATE FULL-TIME OVERLOAD (More than 19 credits)
Overload Undergraduate Full-Time Matriculated In-State - $308.00 per each additional credit.
Overload Undergraduate Full-Time Matriculated Out-Of-State - $523.00 per each additional credit.

GRADUATE TUITION AND FEES: FALL 2017

  IN-STATE OUT-OF-STATE
Credits Tuition ($) Fees ($) Total ($) Tuition ($) Fees ($) Total ($)
1 653 154 807 801 154 955
2 1,306 308 1,614 1,602 308 1,910
3 1,959 462 2,421 2,403 462 2,865
4 2,612 616 3,228 3,204 616 3,820
5 3,265 770 4,035 4,005 770 4,775
6 3,918 924 4,842 4,806 924 5,730
7 4,571 1,078 5,649 5,607 1,078 6,685
8 5,224 1,232 6,456 6,408 1,232 7,640

9-12 credits
(full-time)
Flat Rate

6,709.50 1,691.00 8,400.50 9,094.00 1,691.00 10,785.00

GRADUATE FULL-TIME OVERLOAD (More than 12 credits)
Overload Graduate Full-Time Matriculated In-State - $653.00 per each additional credit.
Overload Graduate Full-Time Matriculated Out-Of-State - $801.00 per each additional credit.

For more information about the Fall 2017 tuition and fees, including payment due dates and payment options, please visit the Kean University tuition and fees webpage by clicking here


Author: Petruce Jean-Charles
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Petruce Jean-Charles is a sophomore majoring in Sociology and Writing with a minor in Social Media. Her dream job would be to work for BuzzFeed or Huffington Post. She joined The Cougar's Byte staff in Spring 2017. In her free time she enjoys listening to a variety of music and watching horror movies. Her favorite horror movie is IT.


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