Lesley University President Joseph Moore speaks with students on campus. Lesley will slash its sticker price beginning next fall.

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Outcry Over Tuition Costs Prompts Some Colleges To Lower Tuition

October 28, 2013

Some public and private colleges and universities struggling to fill seats are responding by cutting tuition costs, according to a new study. 

A select group of colleges and universities have slowed tuition growth or even slashed their tuition, though these cuts may not have a big impact on middle and low income students, according to Urban Institute senior fellow Sandy Baum. 

“Many of these schools are schools that are giving enough financial aid that when they lower their sticker price they’re not actually making it cheaper for anyone or for any significant number of students,” Baum said. 

“What the long-run benefits are really depends on how well they take advantage of these short-term public benefits of cutting the published price."



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