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Friday, November 18, 2011

Trustees approve summer session cost reduction

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In a special meeting on November 18, the University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees reduced the price per credit hour of summer session courses for in-state undergraduate students by approximately 20 percent, beginning in summer 2012.

The move reduces 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 will cut costs by $463 in summer 2012 and $510 in summer 2013.

"The University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees takes very seriously the issue of affordability and access," Board Chair Ted C. Ziemer Jr. said. "This program for summer sessions will help reduce the cost of excellent higher education for Hoosiers and is in line with USI's history of affordability. By offering classes in the summer at a lower price, the University will make it more attractive for students to speed up their achievement of a college degree and, by increasing the number of students it serves in the summer, make better use of our resources."

President Linda L. M. Bennett said, "The reduction of summer session costs 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. 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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