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Johns Hopkins University
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Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

February 25, 2009
CONTACT: Dennis O'Shea

A Message on Tuition to the
Johns Hopkins University Community

President William R. Brody and Trustee Chair Pamela P. Flaherty sent a broadcast e-mail message to Johns Hopkins University faculty, students and staff on Wednesday, Feb. 25, regarding undergraduate tuition for academic year 2009-2010. Here is the text of that message.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

The recent announcement on the university's financial situation addressed much of what we are doing to balance Johns Hopkins' budgets during the recession. One consideration as we prepared those measures was the impact of economic hard times on our undergraduate students and their families.

The simple truth is that many of our students and their parents, even those who do not qualify for student aid, are facing financial challenges that few of us could have foreseen even a year ago. We knew that, to avoid adding to the new burdens on our families, we must do what we could to moderate next year's tuition increases for full-time undergraduates at Johns Hopkins.

At the same time, we knew that our highest priority must be to preserve the quality and character of an undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins.

We have worked closely with the deans of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering and the School of Nursing and with the director of the Peabody Institute to balance these considerations. Earlier this month, the board of trustees approved a proposal to hold 2009-2010 tuition increases for full-time undergraduates to 3.8 percent.

That figure is the smallest increase in percentage terms for the Krieger and Whiting schools in 35 years. It's the smallest for Peabody in at least 31 years and the smallest for Nursing in 10 years.

The $1,450 increase will bring tuition to $39,150 for the Krieger and Whiting schools. Tuition in Nursing's traditional program will be $31,920, an increase of $1,176. Undergraduate tuition at Peabody will be $34,270, an increase of $1,270.

These increases are as small as we can manage without significantly affecting the quality of undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins. We commend the deans and director for examining their budgets so closely and working so diligently to hold down the increase in an environment where endowment income, state aid and other revenues are down and employee health benefits, utilities and technology costs are going up.

In order to address the university's financial situation and keep the tuition increase low, the deans and director have agreed to a university-wide pay freeze. They are freezing hiring. They have agreed to a voluntary reduction of 5 percent in their own compensation starting July 1. And they are taking a number of other actions to cut expenses on the school level. The schools are also aware that some students and their families may experience changes in their financial situations so dramatic that they will be forced to come to us for additional assistance. One of our top priorities is to help returning students to the extent that our limited resources allow.

For more information about tuition for the 2009-2010 academic year, please see the university announcement available online at http://www.jhu.edu/news/univ09/feb09/tuition.html.

Again, our thanks go to deans Adam Falk, Nick Jones and Martha Hill and to Director Jeffrey Sharkey, whose performance in this difficult time has been outstanding. We also thank our faculty and staff, who are making significant sacrifices to get the university through a difficult time. And, of course, we thank the families of our students, who work so hard and give up so much to make a Johns Hopkins education possible for our bright, talented, creative students.


Pamela P. Flaherty, SAIS '68 (MA)
Chair, Board of Trustees

William R. Brody
The Johns Hopkins University

Related links:
> News Release: Undergraduate Tuition to Rise 3.8 Percent Next Year