Rutgers Students Won't See 20 Percent Tuition Hike Despite Confusion Over Letter

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Relax, Rutgers University students. Tuition is not going up 20 percent this fall.

University officials are scheduled to meet with student leaders Thursday in New Brunswick to clear up confusion about a financial-aid letter sent to thousands of students last week.

The form letter included a projection that the cost of attending Rutgers could rise to $29,050 during the 2012-13 school year. That number lumped together early estimates for tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation and other miscellaneous costs, school officials said.

But some student leaders misunderstood the numbers in the letter and began to spread word via e-mail that tuition, room and board alone could be going up to $29,050 this fall — a 20 percent increase.

Not true, said Nancy Winterbauer, Rutgers vice president for university budgeting.

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