In a move called "innovative" by one higher-education official, the University of Toledo not only announced a freeze in academic and living costs but also added deep discounts to sweeten students' deals.
Months before many universities tip their hands with next year's prices, the Ohio school said it would freeze tuition, room and board as they are for the 2013-14 academic year. It also offered free housing for the upcoming spring semester for transfer students with at least 12 credit hours and incentivized high student performance with a 25 percent campus housing discount for sophomores with at least a 2.5 GPA.
"We wanted to show that we heard loud and clear the concerns that college is getting too expensive," Larry Burns, the school's vice president of external affairs, told the Huffington Post.
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer said the pledge was aimed in part at boosting the return rate of freshmen. Currently, 65 percent of freshmen come back for their sophomore year, the school said.