Other Indiana Colleges Don't Plan To Follow IU's Tuition Freeze Plan

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The day after Indiana University announced a conditional tuition freeze, other schools around the state were holding back on taking the same action — at least anytime soon.

On Tuesday, IU President Michael McRobbie announced an experiment that would offset tuition increases for IU juniors and seniors if, after their sophomore year, they are in good academic standing and on track to graduate in four years.

Officials from Indiana State, Purdue, Butler, Notre Dame and Ball State universities all said tuition freezes are not in their plans, although Ball State already offers its own incentive for graduating on time — a $500 completion scholarship, awarded in the final semester of the senior year to any Indiana resident undergraduate who is on track to graduate then.

IU’s plan, which starts in the next academic year, is meant to alleviate student debt and give some financial stability to students, McRobbie said. Higher education experts have called the tuition freeze unusual, in part because it’s available only to juniors and seniors.

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