INSIDE HIGHER ED: Aid That Grows With Tuition

Lower student debt and increased retention: those are the results the University of Dayton says it’s seeing two years after putting in place an unusual tuition strategy.

The Midwestern Roman Catholic university scrapped its student fees in 2013 and is one of few universities to guarantee entering freshmen who receive aid the same net price for four years, or 144 credits, of instruction. Under Dayton's strategy, while costs increase each year, aid also increases proportionately so students pay the same amount for tuition each year.

Students who pay full freight don't receive a net price guarantee. On average more than 90 percent of Dayton's students receive institutional aid.

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