Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 20, 1996

Key Tuition Up 5 Percent For Next Year

     The university's benchmark tuition, paid by Homewood
undergraduates, Ph.D. candidates around the university and a
number of other Hopkins students, will rise 5 percent next year,
to $20,740.

     The university's board of trustees voted at its February
meeting to hike the tuition rate $990 from this year's figure of

     It will be the fourth straight year the benchmark tuition
has increased by about 5 percent. As recently as six years ago,
the increase was more than 7 percent. In 1989-90, tuition jumped
as much as 16.7 percent for Homewood freshmen.

     Although the 5 percent increase exceeds the expected
increase in the consumer price index, it reflects the reality
that the cost of higher education is increasing more rapidly than
the overall cost of living, Hopkins administrators said. For
example, the cost of adding computer facilities and services to
the Homewood campus has risen 120 percent in the past five years.

     Federal antitrust law prohibits universities from exchanging
advance information on future tuition and fees. For the current
year, however, Hopkins ranks in the bottom third for
undergraduate tuition among the 18 universities--the Ivy League
plus schools such as Duke, Georgetown, Rice, MIT, Chicago,
Stanford, Rochester, Northwestern and Washington University--that
belong to the Consortium for Financing Higher Education.

     The new $20,740 benchmark tuition applies also to full-time
graduate students in Arts and Sciences and Engineering, doctoral
students at SAIS, doctoral and some master's degree students at
Nursing and Public Health, and Ph.D. students in Medicine.

     At the School of Medicine, where M.D. students pay the same
tuition  throughout their four years, the rate for entering
students will be $22,800, up 4.6 percent.

     Tuition increases in other full-time programs range from a
low of 3 percent, to $20,000, for master's degree students at
SAIS, to a high of 6.8 percent, to $20,500, for M.P.H. students
at Public Health.

     Tuition for part-time Continuing Studies master's degree
courses in liberal arts and education in Washington, D.C., will
remain at this year's level, $315 a credit hour. The largest
percentage increase in part-time tuition is 12.9 percent, to $350
a credit hour, for master's-level business courses at the
Columbia and Montgomery County centers.

     Room and board rates for Homewood undergraduates have not
yet been determined.

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