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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
During its winter meeting March 3-5 in Hanover, the Dartmouth Board of Trustees set the College's tuition and mandatory fees for the 2006-2007 academic year at $33,501, an increase of 4.8 percent (or $1,536) over the current year's tuition rate. With room, board and mandatory fees, next year's overall charges will be $43,341.
The rates apply to students in the arts and sciences at Dartmouth, including all undergraduates as well as students in arts and sciences graduate programs and all students in Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, which offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.
"Regarding undergraduate tuition, the Board of Trustees and the Dartmouth administration are absolutely committed to keeping a Dartmouth education within the reach of students of limited financial means," Dartmouth President James Wright said. "Our goal continues to be to draw students of exceptional talent from all areas of society and to provide them the best undergraduate education available anywhere. To that end, we continue our longstanding commitment to a 'need-blind' admissions policy and to meeting the financial need of the students we admit."
The need-blind policy means that in making undergraduate admissions decisions, the College does not take into account an applicant's ability to pay, and that for those who enter the institution with demonstrated financial need, Dartmouth commits to creating financial aid packages that meet 100 percent of demonstrated need for a full four years.
Over the last seven years, Dartmouth has implemented an expansion of financial aid that resulted in students from families with incomes below $45,000 not having to take out any loans from the College during their first year, and reduced loan requirements for students from families earning $45,000 to $60,000.
More than half of Dartmouth students and their families receive assistance from either the College or outside sources in meeting the cost of attendance, and about 40-45 percent of each entering class receives scholarship aid directly from the College. Eligibility for aid is reviewed each year, and adjustments are made, as necessary, to assure that the aid package is commensurate with each family's financial need.
In other business, the board's Working Group on Graduate Programs and Professional Schools met with the deans of the professional schools and the arts and sciences graduate programs, and the board met with the members of the Alumni Governance Task Force to discuss their work in developing a new draft alumni constitution.
Ozzie Harris, special assistant to the president for institutional diversity and equity, reported on the College's annual Affirmative Action plan, and the board approved the plan for 2006.
The board received a progress report on the facilities currently under construction. Trustees also met with members of the Student Assembly and joined students for an informal lunch meeting. In addition, they heard presentations by Brian Kennedy, director of the Hood Museum of Art, and Jeffrey James, director of the Hopkins Center, and attended a reception at the Hood Museum.
McKinsey and Co., the management consulting firm, provided an update to the board on a study that President Wright commissioned to examine the effectiveness of the delivery of administrative services across the campus. The president asked the firm to identify ways that the College can better support the work of the faculty and the students. McKinsey has conducted a careful review of operations at Dartmouth and is reviewing the organization and staffing in comparison to other colleges and universities.
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