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Undergraduate Tuition to Increase by 3.50%

New tuition, activity fees, room, and board costs take effect fall 2015.

Tuition rates for undergraduate students in Bethel’s College of Arts & Sciences will increase by 3.50%, effective fall 2015. The annual tuition rate for students taking 12-18 credits per semester in the College of Arts & Sciences will be $33,990.

About 99% of degree-seeking Bethel freshmen receive financial aid through scholarships and grants, significantly reducing the average tuition price that students actually pay. Students who demonstrate need receive an average of $18,000. In recent years, Bethel has substantially increased the amount of aid given to students. In 2014, students received $40.8 million in gift aid from all sources, up from $18 million in the 2007-08 school year.

Meal plan rates will increase by 3.47% for the next academic year. These costs vary based on the plan selected. The most comprehensive meal plan will cost $4,180 for the 2015-16 year. Freshmen living on campus will continue to be required to purchase one of these plans.

As in the past, the room rate for continuing students will not increase while they are enrolled at Bethel, provided they live in campus housing every semester. Room rates for new students will be $5,590, an increase of 3.52%.

The Bethel Student Government (BSG) fee will remain the same at $75 per semester, a price decided upon by currently enrolled students. The comprehensive fee—tuition, room, board, and BSG fee—for the 2015-16 academic year will be $43,910 for full-time students in their first year in campus housing, up 3.49% from last year.

Tuition rates for Bethel Seminary will be announced next week. The most up-to-date tuition rates for adult students can be found on the College of Adult & Professional Studies and Graduate School financial aid websites.


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