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King University announces tuition and fees will see no increase for the 2013-2014
academic year. An awareness that affordability is of increasing concern for students
and parents led King to initiate research about how the 146-year-old institution could
develop a fee structure that allows students an affordable option to maximize financial
aid and decrease post-grad debt. The results of the initiative include both the zero
percent tuition and fee increase for all students and a more robust academic merit
scholarship program for incoming freshmen and transfer students.
On Jan. 23, 2013, King President Dr. Greg Jordan announced to students that King College
is officially becoming King University on June 1, 2013. The name change is the natural
unfolding of King’s strategic plan, unveiled in 1998, and updated triennially, to
create a much broader mix of academic programs based on a university model.
“The executive leadership and King’s board of trustees have worked to develop a tuition
and fee structure for 2013-14 that eases some of the financial burden of attending
college. We are pleased to have found a way to accomplish a zero percent increase
and continue providing the exceptional, quality academic experience for which King
is known,” stated Jordan. “King University continues to be a leader in higher education
through the growth of its Traditional Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Studies,
and Online Programs, and the zero percent increase will be of assistance to students
in all categories.”
Through data compiled by an advocacy group, the Institute for College Access and Success,
The New York Times reported the average amount of debt students have at graduation
has increased at a vast majority of colleges and universities in the United States.
Currently, when compared to other institutions of higher learning, King graduates,
both undergraduate and graduate, have significantly lower average debt upon graduation
than other regional schools, both private and public. The data showed that King University’s
average graduate debt in 2010 was only $13,484, while five neighboring public and
private institutions averaged $21,382 in graduate debt.
“Colleges across the nation have been experiencing increased costs because of weakened
economic conditions,” said Dr. Rob Littleton, vice president for Student Affairs.
“Coupled with the significant amount of financial aid available to King University
students, we believe this fee structure maintains King as a remarkable value in higher
education. Our goal is to provide the best resources available to assist our graduates
in completing their degrees with as little debt possible.”
To supplement the University’s work in keeping costs down, the State of Tennessee
invests more than $280 million a year in student funding through the Tennessee Education
Lottery Scholarship programs and the Tennessee Student Assistance Award. These factors,
combined with other loan and grant opportunities, as well as private assistance through
King’s Student Financial Services, will continue to make education at King affordable.
For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact King’s Student Financial Services at 423.652.4725 or email@example.com.
King University is a Presbyterian, master's-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King
College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees
and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences,
pharmacy, digital media, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered
in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus
learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University
is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity athletic teams.
For more information about King University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of
any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University
is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact
the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road,
Richlands, VA 24641.