Calvin University freezes tuition rates for 2023-24 school year

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Calvin University will not increase tuition for the 2023-24 academic year.

The university board of trustees has approved a one-year moratorium on all undergraduate and graduate students for the 2023-24 school year, Calvin officials said in a press release Thursday, Feb. 2.

“Every student, past, present and future, is important to Calvin’s mission,” said Bruce Los, chairman of the board. “The tuition freeze is one tangible way we can say to students: we see you, we appreciate you, and we will stand in the gap to ensure your Calvin journey is affordable.”

According to the university’s website, a full academic year costs $38,370, or $19,185 per semester for undergraduate students taking a full 12- to 17-credit hour schedule over the next year. The study stop only applies to a maximum of 18 SWS per semester.

Undergraduate tuition varies depending on how many classes a student takes. A student taking 1-8 credit hours per semester pays $462 per credit hour, and the price increases to $1,439 per credit hour for anything after nine credit hours per semester.

Graduate tuition varies from $585 to $920 per credit hour, depending on the program.

These are the same prices that Calvin students have paid during the current school year. Prior to the 2022-23 school year, the university increased tuition by 1%.

Calvin students also pay a $150 spa fee each semester. Traditional room and board rates are $11,960 per year for students who choose a 19-meal-per-week meal plan.

Undergraduate students pay a total of $50,620 for the entire 2023-24 year if they take a full semester of tuition and elect traditional room and board rates, in addition to the $300 annual wellness fee.

The Calvin Board of Trustees approved the 2023-24 tuition freeze in two steps: the Board of Trustees approved a tuition freeze for all undergraduate students during the fall 2022 Board of Directors meeting, and they approved a tuition freeze for all graduate students at the Board of Directors meeting in January 2023.

Calvin President Wiebe Boer said the announcement was the result of a university-wide commitment to student success.

“This tuition freeze is an example of the Calvin community rallying behind our students,” Boer said in a prepared statement. “Our students strive to improve their God-given gifts and skills so they can make the world a better place in every sector and in every region. We look forward to preparing you for it. This tuition freeze will help new students choose Calvin and help our current students return with confidence.”

According to the press release, the university awards $79 million annually to students through scholarships, grants, loans, and work studies. Learn more about the Calvin University Financial Assistance Program here.

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