Shepherd University to increase tuition and housing fees

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Shepherd's RAVE Guardian app will be launched during the 2019 fall semester (photo by Bianca Ibson)

Shepherd University’s Board of Governors approved an increase in in-state and out-of-state tuition for both undergraduate and graduate students.

In-state tuition will rise by $118 and the new semester cost will be $3,892. Out-of-state tuition will rise $88, bringing the semester cost to $9,112.

The graduate program at Shepherd for in-state students will be raised $16 per credit hour, while out-of-state students will see a $29 increase per credit hour. The doctor of nursing practice degree will remain the same at $696 per credit hour.

Shepherd students can also expect an increase in the housing fees for Shaw, Thatcher, and Potomac Place. Shaw and Thatcher costs will rise $55 per semester. Potomac Place costs will rise $65 per semester. In addition to the price increase on housing and tuition, meal plans will also increase 3.5 percent.

According to Shepherd University’s Business Office, these changes will be in effect starting fall 2019.

The change with tuition comes from continued cuts in state funding for higher education. Due to the cuts, the university has to reevaluate its expenses and revenue. This is the third consecutive year tuition fees have risen.