(AP) — Indiana University will stop offering a 25 percent discount on
summer tuition at its Bloomington campus but will continue to offer it at
its six regional campuses as a way to encourage students to graduate in
program that started in 2012 didn't keep many students on the Bloomington
campus, where summer semester enrollment has seen little change,
university officials said. Enrollment at the regional campuses, meanwhile,
has increased — by 13 percent at the Kokomo campus and 9 percent at the
Richmond campus, for example.
Michael McRobbie had said he hoped the discount program would lead to a 10
percent increase in summer enrollment, helping the university make better
year-round use of its facilities.
officials found that many of the roughly 42,000 students at the
Bloomington campus are used to leaving for the summer to take jobs or
internships, IU spokesman Mark Land told The Herald-Times.
the discount didn't really move the needle," he said.
More students at
the regional campuses live in those areas and the discount has been an
incentive to take summer classes, Land said.
IU started the
discount program after criticism from state legislators and others about
college affordability because of growing tuition costs at state
universities and the number of students taking more than four years to
earn bachelor degrees.
announced plans to offer a larger lineup of summer courses and has frozen
tuition for the West Lafayette campus at 2012-13 rates.
University officials are replacing the Bloomington campus tuition discount
with an increase in the number of credit hours that can be taken under the
flat fee tuition rate. That change, from 17 to 18 hours each fall and
spring semester, will start this coming fall semester.
The move will
save in-state students $284 per semester, compared with the current cost
of taking 18 credits — usually the equivalent of six three-credit hour
classes. Six percent of students at IU Bloomington took 18 credit hours or
more last semester, while 57 percent took between 15 and 17 credit hours,
residential focus differs from that of other campuses," IU Bloomington
Provost Lauren Robel said. "Having access to more classes during the fall
and spring semesters enables our students to graduate sooner, while
leaving the summers open for overseas study, internships, research and
other high-impact practices."