March 11, 2016
Dear CU Student and Parents:
Each year at this time, Campbellsville University sets tuition and costs for the upcoming academic year. We work hard to find a balance between being fiscally responsible for the university and keeping a CU education affordable and of the value that our students and their families expect.
Our increase for tuition and fees for undergraduate study 2016-2017 is among the lowest percentage increases we have had over the past decade and below the increases for many comparable colleges and universities in Kentucky and nationally. The 2.83 percent overall increase will result in a tuition cost of $24,096 for a fulltime undergraduate student on the main campus, and the total cost for a student living in a residence hall on campus, including tuition and fees, will be $32,492. Undergraduate students at CU are entitled to take up to 18 hours per semester which allows a student to move toward graduation at a faster pace.
A complete listing of updated tuition and fees for FY 2016-17 can be found at the following link https://tigernet.campbellsville.edu/ICS/Finances/2016-2017_Tuition_and_Fees.jnz.
Our increase results from a number of rising costs beyond our control. These increased direct costs to CU include rising costs for health insurance, utilities, property and liability insurance, technology improvements, and other items. We have worked countless hours with our Board of Trustees to minimize cost increases so that we remain sensitive to the needs of our students and their families.
We take very seriously our responsibility and stewardship to assure that each student receives a high quality education, fulfilling student life experience, and spiritual growth – while working to keep the student’s financial investment affordable. The average student debt of CU graduates remains among the lowest of Kentucky’s colleges and universities including the public institutions. These minimal increases will keep CU in the median range of Kentucky’s private colleges and universities and well below the national median for tuition and fees at private institutions. Nearly all CU students receive some sort of financial assistance, and we are constantly working to help our students maximize financial aid opportunities including federal and state financial aid and millions of dollars of CU institutional financial aid. I encourage you to contact Mrs. Chris Mapes, our financial aid director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 270-789-5013, to receive the confidential help that she and her staff are able to provide. They will work with you and your family to maximize your financial aid opportunities.
For 109 years, Campbellsville University has served as a beacon of light and hope by providing excellent and affordable Christian higher education. All of us at CU take very seriously the responsibility that we have in serving you and your education needs. We are most thankful to God for you and pray for all of our students regularly. You may feel free to contact my office at 270-789-5001, or email me at email@example.com with any thoughts you may have. May God bless you and your family during this season of the year.
Michael V. Carter
Posted on Fri, March 11, 2016
by Ed Goble