By Troy Cofie
When the new school year began last month, most Adelphi students noticed an increase in their tuition bill. It has gone from $42,090 during the 2022-’23 school year to $45,450 for the 2023-’24 school year, a $3,360 addition. At the same time, there has also been a 2% increase in the student enrollment rate at Adelphi.
Regarding rate increase, Kristin Capezza, the vice president of Enrollment Management and University Communications, said, “We have kept our tuition increases significantly lower [than many other universities] in the past two years (at and below 3%) to accommodate financial stresses faced by families during the pandemic, despite annual inflation rates above 7%. This year’s tuition increase ensures that Adelphi can continue to deliver the high-quality education we promise our students and their families.”
Capezza added that institutional scholarships have grown from $50 million to $90 million. “Beginning with the entering class for fall 2023, we now award scholarships in a range of amounts to 100% of newly admitted first-year students. This has been a goal of ours as we have continued to focus on affordability,” she said.
Even with these efforts, some students still feel skeptical about the tuition increase and funds. Some said they feel that tuition increase has affected them negatively and don’t see the tangible benefits.
“Personally I feel like the school is kind of the same,” said sophomore Julia Ramsaroop. “I don't know what changed; a lot of things were cut and a lot of prices increased. So I don't know where the money is really going to go, but hopefully it comes back full circle.”
Sophomore Elizabeth Liu, who’s part of the STEP program, said she feels like there’s a “lack of transparency” when it comes to the tuition increase. “I am basically getting punished for taking more credits… because if you think about it, if I took my time, fulfilling my gen ed or whatever requirements, then that means my tuition wouldn't increase as much.”
With college becoming more expensive as the years go on, families and students are either opting out of college or looking for more affordable options.
“Affordability is top of mind for us and we continue to make Adelphi as affordable as possible while maximizing the value and ROI [return on investment]of an Adelphi degree,” Capezza said.