USF President the Reverend Stephen A. Privett, S.J. announced a tuition rate increase of 2.9% in an email to the USF community last Wednesday. The USF Board of Trustees approved a yearly tuition rate of $40,996 for full-time undergraduate students.
“USF is working very hard to keep tuition down,” said Provost Jennifer Turpin. “Every year we meet with the Student Senate to discuss tuition and review the next year’s tuition. We’ve had the lowest tuition increases in our history over the past three years.”
The cost of living at USF has also swelled to $4,475 (compared to last year’s $4,170) for a standard double room per semester and $2,185 (compared to last year’s $2,130) for the meal plan.
“It is frustrating,” said Annie Toffoli, a freshman nursing student, “but I hope the extra money goes to improvements in the dorms or to current students for more aid.”
Along with the tuition hike, the Board of Trustees also approved an increase in the amount of financial aid the university awards from its own funds. In the next academic year, USF will grant $69.5 million to eligible students. According to the email that announced the tuition rate increase, it will “help ease the burden of these increases.”
“It seems counterintuitive,” said Emily Meyers, a freshman media studies student. “Why not just keep [the rate] the same?”
Danielle Maingot, a sophomore communication studies and advertising student from the Bahamas, said that the tuition increase is especially frustrating for international students like herself that have to pay full tuition because they aren’t eligible for need-based financial aid.
“For some, it determines if they go home for Christmas or the summer,” Maingot added.
The USF Board of Trustees approved a yearly tuition rate of $40,996 for full-time undergraduate students.
USF graduate Rachel Khoo 14’, an international transfer student, said that even though she valued her Jesuit education, her international status limited access to most scholarships and put more stress on her parents, who were paying full-tuition for her to attend USF. “Coming from Malaysia, USF fees and living costs are incredibly high,” Khoo said.
Nick Wu, a sophomore entrepreneurship and accounting student from China said that he understood the tuition hike because professors need to be paid more to account for the increasing cost of living in San Francisco. “But I think USF should consider providing some scholarships or financial aid to international students because it feels kind of unfair for us that we can’t apply to any scholarships, even if we have really high academic grades.”
In regards to international students’ eligibility for scholarships, Turpin said: “international undergraduates whose sponsors are no longer able to meet the commitment made on the Certification of Finances may be able eligible to apply for tuition assistance.”