Tuition to be raised for 2018-2019 school year

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Capital’s tuition will be increasing for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. The total cost for attending will increase 2.8 percent from this past school year; room and board will specifically be increasing by 4 percent, and tuition and other fees will be increasing by 2.5 percent.

This means that tuition will now be $35,466, up nearly $900 from the 2017-2018 school year. Compared to the national average of both private and public schools across the country, Capital’s increase is mild.

Every undergraduate student receives some type of financial aid through the university. Each year, Capital uses about $50 million for this sole purpose. With the money that is left over, they put it toward financial aid for graduate students.

This extra money isn’t just being used for scholarships, though; it is also being put toward the maintenance of university buildings. During the summer of 2017, the wireless network within the residence halls was upgraded and expanded, and various pieces of furniture were replaced within residence halls as well.

This upcoming summer, the showers on the north side of Saylor-Ackerman will be completely renovated. An upgrade to the wireless network in the academic buildings, along with an upgrade in the audio-visual equipment in the Bridge of Learning, will also be on the agenda for this summer. There will also be less visible repairs: refinishing the floors, roof repairs, new hot water heaters and other various tasks needed to maintain upkeep on the campus buildings.

With over 1.5 million square feet of buildings, the faculty and staff give precedence to the projects involving facilities in order to give faculty, students, and staff the best possible experience.

Since Capital recently merged with Trinity Lutheran Seminary, it was questioned if this was partly to blame for the rise in cost of attendance. In short: No, they are not related. The goal of the university is to have the seminary completely separate from Capital while still being a joint organization. They hope to have the seminary completely self-funding and independent from the costs associated with Capital.

As far as scholarships are concerned, the Presidential scholarship amounts will remain the same. The only scholarships that will see an increase are the scholarship awards that cover full tuition.

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