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Thursday, March 6, 2008 12:35 p.m.

New Tuition and Mandatory Costs

The big news at this time last year was that GW surpassed $50,000 in tuition and mandatory costs. It was a huge national story, symbolizing for many media outlets the growing cost of higher education. Additionally, we took an in-depth look last spring into how the sticker price was affecting prospective applicants.

So here we are, a year later, and the board just announced a 3 percent increase in tuition (right). Yet there was no mention in the University news release — or, admittedly, our coverage — of the new “sticker price.” This includes room and board, or “mandatory” costs.

University spokesperson Tracy Schario said this week that the current number is $52,577, though this does not yet take into account the student fee increase. Also, if someone receives one of the 1,000 cheaper rooms announced at the board meeting, the cost would be $50,342. This number is also somewhat reflected on the University’s new admissions page.

For anyone who wants to see how these figures have increased per year, take a look at the GW Institutional Research page on tuition. I also expect this year there will be other schools surpassing $50,000, and I will try to reflect that news on this blog.

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