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March 21, 2000
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Johns Hopkins Announces 2000-2001 Tuition
Tuition for more than half of Johns Hopkins University's 18,000 students will
increase by 4 percent or less in the 2000-2001 academic year, continuing a recent trend
of slowed growth in charges for both the university's full-time and part-time
Tuition for full-time students in the university's schools of Arts and Sciences and
Engineering, however, is an exception. Those rates will rise 5.4 percent, reflecting the
costs of operating a new student arts center that will open late this year. The tuition
increases were approved by the university's board of trustees in February.
"The president and trustees are very serious about controlling costs and keeping
increases in tuition to a minimum, and by and large we are continuing to see smaller and
smaller percentage increases," said Steven Knapp, provost and senior vice president for
academic affairs. "The only major exception this year, at the Homewood schools, is
entirely associated with new costs that will come from operating the arts center, a
building that will greatly contribute to improved campus life for all Homewood
The 50,000-square-foot arts center, now under construction along Charles Street
near 33rd Street, will provide much-needed rehearsal, studio, office and gathering space
for student groups and areas for working with digital media. It also will house
performance facilities and a small theater. Construction of the $17 million building is
being supported by gifts to the university. Operational costs must be paid from
The $1,270 increase for full-time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in
Arts and Sciences and Engineering, the two Homewood campus-based schools, will raise
tuition there to $24,930. The current tuition is $23,660.
Federal antitrust law prohibits universities from exchanging advance information
on tuition, so it is not yet clear how the university's 2000-2001 full-time undergraduate
charges will compare to those at many other private universities. Tuition prices
announced so far include a range of increases from 6 percent at Stanford ($24,441), to
4.2 percent at Cornell ($24,760) and MIT ( $26,050) to 2.9 percent at Harvard ($22,694)
and Yale ($25,200).
At Hopkins, room and board for Homewood undergraduates will increase 4
percent, to $8,185 (for a 19-meal plan and a double in the Alumni Memorial
Residences). The total of tuition, room and board for undergraduates living on campus
will rise 5 percent to $33,121, from the current $31,530.
More than 50 percent of Homewood undergraduates, however, receive need-based
financial aid and do not pay that total cost. The university's financial aid packages have
improved significantly--with larger grants and smaller loans - since Michael R.
Bloomberg, chairman of the board of trustees, designated two-thirds of a $45 million
1998 pledge to the university for financial aid.
"Mr. Bloomberg's gift has been critical in another way as well," said Lorna Miles
Whalen, dean of admissions and enrollment. "Leveraging his generosity has helped
tremendously in attracting additional commitments for student aid, which has been set by
the president and trustees as one of the university's top fund-raising priorities."
The increase for Homewood campus graduate students decouples their tuition
from what had been a uniform rate charged to many full-time graduate students across
the university. Graduate students at other campuses who had been paying the uniform
rate will see their tuition increase from the current $23,660 to either $24,600 (at Public
Health and for Ph.D. students at the School of Advanced International Studies and
PH.D and MSN/MPH students at Nursing), or $24,700 (Ph.D. students at Medicine).
Those increases range from 4 percent to 4.4 percent, continuing a general downward
trend in the rate of increase and marking the fourth straight increase of significantly less
than 5 percent. Previously, the benchmark tuition at Hopkins had climbed at around 5
percent a year for five consecutive years, and between 6 percent and 16 percent a year
for the nine years before that.
Tuition increases for part-time students in the School of Professional Studies in
Business and Education and the School of Engineering--who account for about 37
percent of all Hopkins students--will range from 2.5 percent to 3.9 percent. The
university's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is holding its tuition increase
for master's degree and other full-time non-doctoral students to 3 percent or less for the
fifth year in a row. That tuition this fall will go up $600, or 2.8 percent, to $22,400.
M.D. students at the School of Medicine pay the same tuition in each of their
four years at Hopkins. The rate for entering students this fall will be $27,000, a 3.8
All full-time Peabody Conservatory students--both undergraduate and
graduate--will see a 4.6 percent increase to $22,700. The largest percentage increase in
tuition is 16.6 percent for full-time master of science in nursing students. The School of
Nursing, the university's newest, has charged much lower tuition than the more-
established divisions, and this year's increase will bring its master's degree tuition to
$20,115, closer to, but still well below, that at other Hopkins schools.
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