Wesley College in Dover announced it will not raise its tuition for the 2018-2019 school year.
Wesley’s tuition freeze comes as Delaware State University considers a tuition increase, and the University of Delaware moves to charge more for certain programs.
Wesley President Bob Clark says he wants to ensure the school is accessible and affordable.
“As the debate continues across the state and across the nation in terms of the cost of higher education, I think another part of that is the cost of not having higher education options,” said Clark.
Clark adds tuition raises are often offset in part by scholarships anyway.
“Why would we raise prices just to discount? Let’s just freeze right now. It’s not going to affect our quality. And then we’ll take a hard look on how we discount. We will still offer discounts. We will still offer scholarships,” he said.
Almost all students at Wesley are receiving some form of financial aid.
Clark says a recent renovation to a residence hall on campus has created energy cost savings, and the school is now investing to improve its food service.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Wesley’s nursing program, which Clark says has been ranked top in the state the past two years. The school has also made US News and World Report as a top college in the North region.