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WVPA Sharing: Davis & Elkins College freezes tuition for current students, guarantees 4-year tuition for new students

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ELKINS, W.Va.  – The Davis & Elkins College has frozen tuition current levels for all returning students and guaranteed that tuition level for four years for new students

When making the announcement on Friday, Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees noted two key decisions regarding tuition for next year.
“Not only will all returning students not have a tuition increase next year, but students enrolling for the first time next Fall — who graduate within four years — will not have to worry about a price increase during their time in college,” said Board Chair June B. Myles.
D&E President Michael P. Mihalyo, Jr. added, “This means the tuition for entering students will remain level from the Fall 2014 through the Spring 2018 semesters. Our tuition guarantee represents a considerable savings over what students and their families might have expected to pay over four years, based on the national trend of ever-increasing college costs.”
“We have long tried to make sure no student is denied the opportunity to attend D&E for financial reasons,” Mihalyo said. “While the tuition ‘sticker’ price for new students will be somewhat higher than for returning students, the actual cost paid by each student is calculated on an individual basis. Through a combination of scholarships, student work, family contribution and, when necessary, loans, nearly everyone who is admitted and wants to attend D&E is able to do so.”
“Yearly tuition increases often make it difficult for families to plan,” he continued. “By freezing tuition for all returning students next year and locking in the tuition cost for four years for all new students, we are continuing to make a high quality, private college education affordable for our students and their families.”
D&E Executive Vice President Kevin Wilson noted that the decision to lock in tuition will further assist the admission team in continuing its strong recruitment process and the enrollment of top-notch students.
“The D&E Admission Team is very excited about this announcement and the opportunity for our current and future students, their parents, and the college,” Wilson said.
Davis & Elkins College welcomed its largest ever entering class in September 2013. And the total full-time enrollment was second only to the number enrolled in post-war 1948.  “We fully expect to open this fall with the largest fulltime enrollment in our 110-year history,” Mihalyo said.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit the college website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.

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