Howard University announced it will freeze tuition for all undergraduate and select graduate programs for the 2015-2016 school year. Also, to ensure students are graduating early or on-time, they will receive tuition rebates.
In a statement, Wayne A.I. Fredrick, the President of Howard University said:
“Howard University is committed to addressing the academic needs of our nation, in particular the needs of the African American community and underserved populations. A large part of this commitment includes ensuring that the cost of attendance is not a barrier for students to turn their highest dreams into reality.”
By creating the tuition rebate program, Howard students will receive 50 percent off of their final semester’s tuition and the payment will be offered through installment plans, credit card or cash. The program will first start with the May 2016 graduating class.
Howard is also taking initiative to help their students who have high financial need. In order to help them, Howard developed the GRACE (Graduation & Retention Access to Continued Excellence) Grant program. The grant will cover the remainder of the student’s tuition and select mandatory fees for those who are on track to graduate within four years.
Howard’s College of Pharmacy’s program’s tuition will increase by four percent and the Board of Trustees has approved for the removal of excess tuition rates for the Masters of Business Administration, Divinity, Education, Pharmacy and Social Work programs.