New England College to freeze tuition for next academic year

Monitor staff
Published: 11/30/2022 3:46:42 PM
Modified: 11/30/2022 3:44:18 PM

One day after the University System of New Hampshire announced its fifth tuition freeze in a row, New England College in Henniker announced that it will also be freezing its tuition for the 2023–24 academic year.

The NEC Board of Trustees voted Nov. 5 to keep tuition rates the same for the upcoming academic year, a decision that applies to all of the college’s on-campus and online students. In a press release Wednesday, the college said the tuition freeze demonstrates the school’s commitment to keeping higher education attainable.

“As costs across all areas of life have risen sharply, we recognized the need to extend additional savings to our students while maintaining a high-quality experience,” said Wayne Lesperance, New England College’s interim president. “We are proud that NEC can make it possible for all admitted students to attain their educational goals.”

On-campus students will pay a yearly average of $12,500 in tuition (including scholarships). However, additional costs for room and board are not included in the tuition freeze. Online students pay an average of $10,500 per year for a bachelor’s degree. Community college students who decide to transfer to New England College are eligible for a flat tuition rate of $10,000.

The average debt load of New Hampshire graduates is one of the highest in the country and has continued to escalate. New Hampshire students graduate with an average debt load of $39,928, the highest in the nation according to data from the Institute for College Access and Success. At New England College, 95% of 2020 grads graduated with debt, and their average debt load was $33,832.

Eileen O

Eileen O'Grady is a Report for America corps member covering education for the Concord Monitor since spring 2020. O’Grady is the former managing editor of Scope magazine at Northeastern University in Boston, where she reported on social justice issues, community activism, local politics and the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a native Vermonter and worked as a reporter covering local politics for the Shelburne News and the Citizen. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The Bay State Banner, and VTDigger. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in politics and French from Mount Holyoke College, where she served as news editor for the Mount Holyoke News from 2017-2018.

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