Temple University announced on Thursday they will not increase tuition on undergraduate students next year.
"Rising student debt is one of the major issues facing this nation today," Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick J. O'Connor said Thursday, adding, "This is going to be an all-out effort. We are going to ask everyone who cares about the university to step up and take action. We need them to invest in our students."
Temple is not the first public university to announce a freeze on tuition this year. The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Maine said they won't increase in-state tuition in fall 2012; the same goes for all of the public colleges in Arizona.
While the Great Recession has resulted in deep cuts for higher ed, followed by extensive tuition hikes, 2012 appears to be the year that trend puttered out. Many public colleges around the country are avoiding big tuition hikes, and many of the hikes fall below 6 percent. While that is still higher than inflation as determined by either the higher education price index or the consumer price index, it's lower than what hikes in recent years.
Check out which colleges are deciding against tuition increases this year for in-state students:
Temple, a public research university in Philadelphia, has announced it will freeze base tuition for in-state and out-of-state undergraduate students enrolled for the 2012-13 academic year. In-state undergrads will pay $13,006 for their tuition next year. Photo Credit: Mblumber
The University of Massachusetts School of Law proposed capping annual tuition for three years. The Wall Street Journal reports that the young school's full-time in-state tuition will hold steady at $23,068 and its full-time out-of-state tuition will remain at $30,760. UMass Law opened its doors in 2010.
After years of budget cuts, tuition hikes and no salary increases for faculty, the California state Senate passed a budget that would freeze tuition at the University of California and California State University systems. However, as the Daily Cal noted: [That is] contingent on a November ballot initiative that Californians will vote on to decide whether to increase the state's sales taxes, ultimately creating tax brackets that would introduce higher tax rates for high-income earners in the state.
The University of Maine system lost $2.3 million in state appropriations this year, but chose not to implement tuition hikes. Photo Credit: NightThree
It's not just the universities. For the eighth time in 14 years, Maine will freeze tuition at all of its community college campuses. Photo Credit: Dragonflies1995
For the first time in 20 years, there will be no tuition hike at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University or the University of Northern Arizona. And in a deal reached by Gov. Jan Brewer (R) and legislators, the state's higher education spending is increasing. Photo Credit: Jopxton
UT Austin, the state's flagship campus, will not increase tuition next year, despite opposition to a freeze by school officials. Other UT campuses will be allowed to raise tuition. Critics contend that political influence by Gov. Rick Perry (R) is the reason for the Board of Regents' tuition decisions. Photo Credit: Zereshk
Language has been added to clarify the tuition freezes discussed in this article apply to in-state students. Arizona State University, for example, will not increase tuition and fees for in-state students, but will increase them by 3 percent for out-of-state students.