— Tulane’s $1.4 billion new university is offering $1 a year for first year students, the latest in a wave of tuition hikes and increases at American colleges and universities, including Tulane.
The new tuition policy comes just days after a federal judge halted a major increase in tuition at American schools, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The university says the policy is meant to be “flexible” and does not apply to its most popular undergraduate program, the liberal arts.
But the administration of the university said that’s not the case, and it will continue to seek to lower tuition costs by offering a “flex” option that would include tuition increases for graduate students.
“The university’s plan to make tuition affordable for its most successful undergraduate program remains consistent with the principles that have made it one of the nation’s most dynamic and successful universities,” said Stephanie G. P. Smith, president and CEO of Tulane, in a statement.
“We have made some investments to bring more and better options to our students, and we are working to achieve more.”
In June, the university announced a $500 million expansion of its Center for the Study of Education and the Workforce, which will focus on education, career development, and job training.
Earlier this month, the school announced that it would offer $100,000 tuition-free scholarships to students from minority and low-income backgrounds.
Earlier, the administration announced that the university would pay $50,000 for the tuition of a student whose family income is $30,000 or less.
Earlier today, the department of education said that it will award $10,000 scholarships to more than 2,000 students who have received financial aid from the university in the last three years.
A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who was a full-time student in 2014-15 and is a U.S. citizen.
The department of agriculture announced this week that it is raising the maximum number of first-time undergraduate students who can apply for tuition waivers from 60 to 80 students.