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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 19, 2005 | Vol. 35 No. 15
Homewood Schools Set Tuition Hike

Larger-than-usual increase brings 2006-2007 tuition to $33,900

By Dennis O'Shea

Homewood undergraduate tuition will rise next year to $33,900, a 7.2 percent increase that will enable the university to cover new operating costs for campus security without cutbacks in critical programs for students.

The increase of $2,280 from this year's $31,620 tuition was approved by the board of trustees at its December meeting. The boost is $800 larger than the increase of $1,480, or 4.9 percent, that went into effect this fall.

Since adoption of President Brody's security action plan last winter, the university has diverted more than $2 million from other spending and budgetary reserves into enhancements of security at Homewood and in nearby neighborhoods.

Brody recently announced plans to invest another $1.9 million to complete a network of "smart" closed-circuit TV cameras and build an advanced security communications center where camera operators and dispatchers will work side by side. As with the earlier improvements, all the onetime capital costs are being funded from elsewhere in the university's budgets.

But without the tuition increase approved for next fall, Brody said, Johns Hopkins would not be able to pay the increased annual operating costs associated with those security improvements and still cover inflation and financial aid. The university would have been forced to roll back recent improvements in undergraduate academics and student life and delay others.

"That we will not do," Brody said. "We are not going to cut into the quality of a Johns Hopkins education or slow our progress in enhancing the undergraduate experience."

The trustees have held most undergraduate tuition increases in recent years under 5 percent, well below the levels of earlier decades. The increases were enough to cover inflation and financial aid, but nothing else, Brody said in a letter to parents and a broadcast e-mail message to students sent over the weekend.

That has left the deans of Arts and Sciences and Engineering to find money from other sources, including gifts to the university, to pay for academic and student life initiatives.

"We have made remarkable progress," Brody said. "We are expanding university housing, adding student facilities and amenities, and enhancing academic and advising resources. We are moving ahead with curricular innovations; initiatives to build a stronger, more diverse campus community; and increased financial aid.

"Our momentum is threatened, however, by unavoidable demands elsewhere in the budget, particularly our increased operating costs for safety and security," he said.

Brody said that, though there are no guarantees, the trustees "do not envision this level of increase as setting a precedent" for future years. He also said that the schools continue to work to hold costs down and to raise new funds through the Johns Hopkins: Knowledge for the World campaign.

"Johns Hopkins will continue to work diligently to control expenses and keep our cost of attendance competitive with those of other private national universities," the president said. The university's current tuition ranks 12th among a group of 18 peer universities, including the Ivy League, Stanford, MIT and Chicago.

Brody's message to parents and students is available online at

A set of "frequently asked questions" on next year's tuition is also online, at

Next year's tuition rates for all the university's academic programs are available at


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