Bethany celebrates milestone with tuition freeze

BETHANY – As Bethany College prepares to celebrate its 175th anniversary, Scott D. Miller, president of the college, has announced a tuition freeze for the 2014-15 academic year.

The freeze will apply to all incoming and returning undergraduate students.

“Bethany recognizes that a college education is an investment in the future,” Miller said. “As we celebrate this milestone anniversary as the state’s oldest institution of higher learning, there is no better time to make a Bethany education more affordable.”

According to Bethany officials, the college’s tuition currently is $25,736 per year, compared to an average cost of $30,094 for tuition and fees at other private colleges or universities.

According to The College Board, the average increase in tuition and fees for full-time students at private nonprofit four-year institutions was 3.8 percent in 2012. More than 90 percent of Bethany students receive financial aid through scholarships, grants, loans and work study opportunities.

Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college. The College will celebrate its 175th anniversary during the 2014-15 academic year.