JBU Announces 2011-2012 Tuition, Fees, Room and Board Rate

Siloam Springs, Arkansas (February 11, 2011) — The Board of Trustees and the President’s Cabinet at John Brown University recently approved the tuition and fees amount for the 2011-2012 traditional undergraduate academic year. The new rate represents an overall increase of 5.25 percent for tuition, fees, room and board.

To help students meet this increasing cost of attendance, JBU President Dr. Chip Pollard explained that JBU has increased need and merit-based institutional aid budget by over $1,000,000 for this year and next.  In addition, the university is currently conducting the $110 Million Keeping Faith Campaign, of which $50 million will go to endowed and annual scholarships, over and above JBU’s institutional scholarships.  Since the beginning of the campaign in 2005, JBU has increased its endowed scholarships awarded annually by over $800,000 to total amount of $1,560,000.

The additional tuition covers increases in operating costs, such as utility costs and service contracts, and compensation adjustments for JBU faculty and staff. 

“We are committed to providing the highest quality education to our students at an affordable price,” said Don Crandall, vice president for enrollment management. “The board, president’s cabinet, faculty and staff at JBU are continually looking for ways we can control costs – and identifying new scholarship aid for students.”

The costs for 2011-2012 tuition, fees, room and board break down as follows:

Increase                        Total Cost

Tuition                           $990              $19,834
Fees                              $46                $ 932
Room and Board             $376              $ 7,562                        
Total                                        $1,412              $28,328            Total increase of 5.25%

Based on historical data provided by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, JBU’s total cost is typically ranked 64th among the some 70-75 private Christian colleges and universities that routinely participate in the survey. In 2010-2011, Westmont College’s total cost was $45,420, the highest reported by the CCCU, and Lee University’s was the lowest, $18,690.

“JBU offers an exception value in the world of Christian higher education,” said Crandall. “We are among the lowest in cost yet among the highest in endowed scholarships awarded per student. In addition, over 50 percent of our facilities are new or completely renovated in the last decade, all of which has been funded by gifts from donors. And our academic program continues to excel, with one of the highest graduation rates in Arkansas and ranked second by U.S. News in the Southern region.”