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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

USI proposes reduction in summer session costs

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Addressing the issue of affordability of higher education, the administration of the University of Southern Indiana will ask its Board of Trustees in a special session on Friday to reduce the price per credit hour of summer session courses for in-state undergraduate students by approximately 20 percent, beginning in summer 2012.

The move would reduce the current $193.07 per credit hour for Indiana undergraduates to $154.50 per credit hour in summer 2012 and $162.30 per credit hour in summer 2013. For an undergraduate taking a full-time summer load of 12 credit hours, this new program would cut costs by $463 in summer 2012 and $510 in summer 2013.

"USI is already the most affordable four-year public university in Indiana, but we recognize the pressure on families in the state in these difficult economic times," said President Linda L. M. Bennett.

"USI has focused on expanding opportunities for summer school for the past five years. The reduction of summer session costs beginning in 2012 will encourage our students to take advantage of earning credits in the summer and will help with timely degree completion, a priority for the state and for the University.

"For students from Evansville and the southwest Indiana region home for the summer from other colleges and universities, this price reduction also will be a benefit," Bennett added. "They can earn credits at USI that apply toward their degree completion, most likely at a much lower cost."

USI's 2012 summer sessions begin May 9 and June 18, with more than 560 courses scheduled so far. Last summer, 4,455 students were enrolled in summer courses, an increase of over nine percent or 400 students over the last five years. The University anticipates increased enrollment in summer sessions and more efficient use of state-funded facilities.

For more about summer sessions at USI, see www.usi.edu/summer.



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