Birmingham-Southern College is reducing its tuition and mandatory fees by more than 50 percent starting in fall 2018, the college announced on Tuesday.
"The marketplace spoke, and we listened," BSC President Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith said in a prepared statement. "Students and families are telling colleges all across the United States--and they're telling us--that encountering a high published price is a real barrier to a high-quality education. We want to make sure that the best and brightest students have access to the kind of personalized, challenging, hands-on educational experience that BSC provides."
BSC is resetting tuition back to what is was more than 15 years ago, officials said. Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year was $35,840. Beginning next year, tuition will be $17,650.
In 2018-19, BSC will have the most affordable published price among all of the South's prestigious private colleges and universities, the college said.
The drop in the published tuition price is also expected to allow the college to grow enrollment numbers. BSC currently has 1,300 students and has the capacity to grow to 1,600.
College officials said BSC is able to reduce tuition without sacrificing education because more than 90 percent of students don't pay full price already. BSC is generous with merit aid, and many students receive need-based financial aid and private scholarships, the college said.
ADVERTISINGWith a lower published tuition price, not as much financial aid will be required directly from BSC in order for students to achieve their same net cost as before the tuition reset, according to the college.
"True college value comes from the quality and results you get. But a too-high published price creates two problems: It causes people to stop at the sticker price and lose sight of how the published price is very often not what they'll really pay. And it also prevents them from learning how an investment in a high-quality education pays out over a students' lifetime," Flaherty-Goldsmith said. "BSC aims to correct both of those problems with our tuition reset."
BSC will continue to award its own merit scholarships and need-based grants on top of federal and state financial aid to reduce the published tuition price even further for eligible students, the college said on Tuesday.
The new price will also apply to current students continuing next fall, BSC said. The amount of financial aid coming directly from BSC will be reduced by roughly the same dollar amount as the tuition reduction, resulting in a net cost similar to what students are currently paying--and less than they would have paid with a standard annual increase of about 3.9 percent.
Some returning students could see a tuition price reduction of about $1,400, the college said.
"The difference with our reset is that now our published price more closely matches a student's actual cost before need-based financial aid is awarded," Flaherty-Goldsmith said. "With this better pricing transparency, we hope more students will be able to discover both the affordability and the value of a BSC education."
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yFirst of all, our scholarship deadline has changed to December 1. We will require students to apply for admissions, be accepted and apply for the scholarships through our new scholarship system by December 1 in order to be considered for any scholarship. We will continue to superscore ACT/SAT scores but must have all scores in by the December 1 deadline to consider an applicant for an award.
All scholarships are now competitive and are no longer awarded automatically. An essay will be required for the Millennium and Chancellor’s scholarship applicants and a resume will be required of all Leadership Scholarship applicants. The academic requirements for the Millennium Scholars, Chancellor’s and Excellence in Leadership scholarships will remain the same, but the values and quantities of each scholarship are limited.
· Millennium Scholar’s Award: Valued at $11,000-$15,000 annually
· Chancellor’s Scholarship: Valued at $7,000-$10,000 annually
· Excellence in Leadership: Valued at $1,000- $4,000 annually
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September 23 (Saturday) - Middle Tennessee State University Preview Day - http://www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/special-events.php
October 14 (Saturday) - Jacksonville State Preview Day - http://www.jsu.edu/admissions/preview-day/index.html
October 14 (Saturday) - Auburn University Montgomery Saturday Tour - http://www.aum.edu/admissions/campusevents
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November 4 (Saturday) - Middle Tennessee State University Preview Day - http://www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/special-events.php
November 11 (Saturday) - University of North Alabama Preview Day - https://www.una.edu/previewday/index.html
December 2 (Saturday) - Auburn University Montgomery Saturday Tour - http://www.aum.edu/admissions/campusevents
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March 3 (Saturday) - Jacksonville State Preview Day - http://www.jsu.edu/admissions/preview-day/index.html
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Calhoun Tours - http://www.calhoun.edu/student-resources/campus-tours
JSU Preview Day - http://www.jsu.edu/admissions/preview-day/index.html
Montevallo - http://www.montevallo.edu/previewday/
MTSU Preview Days - http://www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/special-events.php
Troy Trojan Day - http://www.troy.edu/admissions/undergraduate/visiting-troy-campus.html
Tuskegee Open House - https://www.tuskegee.edu/admissions-aid
TSU Preview Day - http://www.tnstate.edu/admissions/visit.aspx
UAB Day - http://www.uab.edu/students/admissions/visit/uab-day
UAH Charger Preview Day - http://www.uah.edu/admissions/undergraduate/upcoming-events
UWA Preview Day - http://www.uwa.edu/previewday/
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