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Dartmouth Trustees set tuition increase at 4.5% for 2002-2003

Posted 02/10/02

The Dartmouth Board of Trustees, at its winter meeting Feb. 8-9 in Hanover, set tuition for academic year 2002-2003 at $27,600, an increase of 4.5% (or $1,200) over the current year's tuition rate. With room, board and mandatory fees, next year's overall charges for Dartmouth students in the Arts and Sciences will be $35,988, up 4.4% (or $1,530).

Those rates apply to students in the Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth, including all undergraduates as well as graduate students in Arts and Sciences, and all students in Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, which offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Tuition charges for Dartmouth Medical School will be $30,100, a 5% increase, and for Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business Administration $32,490, a 7.4% increase.

Dartmouth continues its commitment to need-moot admissions for undergraduates, which means that in making its admissions decisions the College does not take into account an applicant's ability to pay. For those who enter the institution but have demonstrated financial need, the College commits to create financial aid packages that meet the full extent of demonstrated need for a full four years. Three years ago Dartmouth launched a plan to expand scholarship aid and reduce students' reliance on loans, and the College routinely works with students whose family circumstances change.

Next year's tuition rate will represent the first increase of more than 3.5% at Dartmouth in four years. The need for a higher percentage increase was driven primarily by dramatically altered national and international financial conditions and rising costs in several areas, including energy and health care.

While acknowledging that Dartmouth is no more immune to current financial conditions than other institutions and individuals, President James Wright said that the College will not in any way diminish its core aspirations and commitments. "Through more than 230 years Dartmouth has not just endured but flourished despite changes in the world about us, generally by responding and adapting to these changes while proving true to our own principles," Wright said.

"We must and will work to assure Dartmouth's continuing pre-eminence as an institution that seeks to attract the most talented and diverse student body possible," he added. "We must offer those students an education that is among the very best available, and we continually strive to keep that education within financial reach for those admitted, regardless of income. We work hard to maintain financial aid policies that meet the needs of our students."

In other business, the Dartmouth Board reviewed the College's strategic planning process, met with the graduate and undergraduate members of the Student Affairs Group, approved the College's 2002 affirmative action plan, and discussed hospital expansion plans with the leadership of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

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