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UT freezes tuition, offers free semester of housing for transfer students

Responding to nationwide concerns that higher education is increasingly unaffordable for students, The University of Toledo will announce a series of aggressive measures to help ensure a college degree remains accessible at a news conference Friday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Crossings on Main Campus.

The measures are:

• Free on-campus housing for spring 2013 for all new transfer students who come to UT for the semester beginning Jan. 7, 2013, and transfer 12 or more credit hours. Students also must enroll full time at UT and take 12 or more credit hours during spring 2013.

• Freezing all undergraduate tuition and fees, including housing, meal plans and general fees, for the 2013-14 academic year.

• A 25 percent housing discount for current full-time (12 credit hours or more) freshmen living on campus this year who return to live in the residence halls for the 2013-14 academic year as sophomores. Students must have earned a 2.5 GPA or higher and 24 or more earned credit hours.

“Ever since our tuition freeze guarantee in 2007 that led to a statewide, two-year freeze at public universities for the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 academic years, The University of Toledo has led efforts to keep higher education in Ohio affordable,” UT President Lloyd Jacobs said.

“The world is changing too fast for higher education institutions to make incremental changes and expect to stay relevant to the needs of students and families,” Jacobs said. “We are making transformational moves, and those universities that don’t won’t exist in the next decade. Change is what students and families are looking for as they choose universities.”

UT continues to offer merit and need-based financial aid packages, including a program that uses scholarships to offset out-of-state charges to enable academically well-prepared students from Michigan the ability to attend the University at in-state costs.

Established in 1872, The University of Toledo is home to 21,500 students across 13 colleges and six Ohio campuses. The University offers more than 230 doctoral, professional, graduate and undergraduate programs. Nearly 350 student-athletes comprise 15 Division 1 Rocket athletic teams. UT has earned national and international acclaim for its expertise in solar and advanced renewable energy, environmental sciences, astronomical research, and translational research and biomarkers.

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