By Jane Fitzpatrick, Assistant News Editor
Gettysburg College tuition will increase by 3.75 percent for the 2020-21 school year. This increase will apply to all enrolled full-time students, including those studying on campus and students who choose to continue learning remotely. Students studying remotely will not have to pay for room and board.
This is the highest percentage increase in tuition over the span of the past five academic years. Since the 2015-16 school year, the annual increase in tuition and fees—not including room and board—has remained between 3.50 and 3.51 percent.
Students attending private liberal arts colleges may expect an increase in tuition during any given year, but the current widespread financial concerns during a global pandemic may affect some students’ abilities to continue learning at institutions that make the decision to increase costs for the 2020-21 academic year.
Gettysburg College received emergency relief funding from the Department of Education through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The college will distribute at least 50 percent of the total funds to students that request and qualify for an emergency grant to offset the expenses that resulted from the disruption of campus operations.
The students approved for CARES Act funding will receive non-refundable, one-time aid based on their expected family contribution (EFC) and the number of survey applications received.