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Friends University announces tuition lock

Friends University.
Friends University. File photo

Friends University has announced a new tuition strategy that locks in traditional undergraduate students’ tuition for four years.

The new structure applies to undergraduate students entering Friends in the fall of 2015.

Joan Gallagher, vice president of university advancement at Friends, said the university’s strategy is geared toward helping more students graduate in four years. Students who stay more than four years at Friends will have their tuition reset each year to match the incoming freshman tuition.

“A tuition lock is our way of investing in students and showing them, tangibly, that we are committed to making college affordable for them, not just for that first year to get them hooked on Friends but for all four years,” interim president Darcy Zabel said in a news release.

The University of Kansas has a similar tuition program.

Students who are currently attending Friends, 2100 W. University Ave., will have their tuition locked in for the 2015-16 school year at the 2014 price.

In a news release, the university said it will continue to offer more than $8 million in scholarships as well as on-campus employment opportunities for students.

Friends also has announced a pilot program for summer classes. The program will run for two years in the hope that it will help students complete their degrees in four or even three years.

The program – priced at about $100 per credit hour – could also help high school students, community members or even students who are on break during the summer in Wichita.

Founded in 1898, Friends has an enrollment of about 2,800 students. For more information, go to www.friends.edu.

Reach Anthony Williams at awilliams@wichitaeagle.com.

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