Newman announces tuition freeze for 2024-25 academic year

Mar 28, 2024
Students study at a table in the Student Success Center.

Newman University President Kathleen S. Jagger, Ph.D., MPH, announced on March 26 that tuition rates for the 2024-25 academic year will not increase.

“This means that the annual tuition will remain at $35,500, of course that is before your financial aid is applied to your account,” Jagger stated in an email addressed to students.

Newman University President Kathleen Jagger
President Kathleen S. Jagger, Ph.D., MPH

Newman University’s decision to freeze the tuition rate goes against national and state trends, Jagger said. According to the most recent College Pricing Report in 2023, the average tuition and fees for private nonprofit four-year institutions rose to $41,540 — a 4% increase from the previous year.

The 2023 tuition increases at Kansas public universities were between 5% and 7%. A decision about the 2024-25 increases for Kansas’ public universities is not expected to be announced until later this year.

“We believe our tuition freeze and generous financial aid awards demonstrate our dedication to helping keep a Newman education affordable in a landscape of rising costs,” Jagger said.

Residence hall housing and meal plan costs

While tuition rates will remain the same, Newman University will adjust the residence hall and meal plan costs for 2024-25.

In 2024-25, there will be a 3% increase in on-campus housing, which aligns with national and state economic realities.

Beata residence hall at Newman University
Beata residence hall at Newman University

“The increase is a response to the challenging economic factors which have impacted everyone over the past several years,” Jagger said. “The modest increase will help us ensure high-quality residential facilities for students.”

Meal plans will increase by 3% starting in August 2024. First-year and sophomore students living in the Carrocci and Beata residence halls will have a 19-meals-per-week plan.

Juniors and seniors staying in Fugate Hall may choose from three options:

  1. 19-meals-per-week plan
  2. 120-meals-per-semester plan
  3. No meal plan

Newman Bucks offer more meal options for students

Earlier this semester, Newman University opened the new Sacred Grounds Coffee & Cafe in the Student Success Center in Dugan. The cafe allows students to purchase drinks, snacks or meals to enjoy on the go in addition to the Mabee Dining Center’s breakfast, lunch and dinner options.

Starting in the 2024 Fall semester, Newman University will require all full-time non-residential students and residential students without a meal plan to pay a $60 per semester fee to support the café. The $60 will then be reserved for each student to spend as they please at the Sacred Grounds Coffee & Cafe and/or Mabee Dining Center throughout the semester. Any leftover funds can carry over from the fall to spring semester, but any unused funds will not carry into a new academic year.

Breakfast pizzas served hot at the Sacred Grounds Coffee & Cafe.
Breakfast pizzas served hot at the Sacred Grounds Coffee & Cafe.

“This is a model that is working well at other universities to help provide these expanded student services,” Jagger explained.

All students can access information about tuition and fees on the Newman website.

“Please know that our financial aid office is ready to assist you in exploring scholarships, grants and other aid resources,” Jagger said. “Our aim is to support you in continuing your education with minimal financial stress.”

Jagger added, “Have a blessed Holy Week, a joy-filled Easter and restful days off on Good Friday and Easter Monday.”

Learn more about tuition and fees at Newman University

Newman University tuition and fees fund the tools and services necessary to ensure a student is supported from the start of their academic careers to the time they graduate.