Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 14, 2007) - John Brown University’s Board of Trustees and the President’s Cabinet recently approved an increase of 5.35 percent for tuition, fees, room and board for the 2007-2008 academic year.
“In our budget process, JBU’s board and administration always strives to balance controlling the cost of a JBU education with improving the quality of the program that we offer,” Dr. Charles W. Pollard, JBU president, said. “This year our cost increase is one of the lowest, in percentage terms, in the past twenty years, yet we still have been able to add several new positions to improve the quality of our program. We recognize that students and their families make sacrifices to invest in a JBU education, and we are committed to partner with those families through our generous financial aid program to continue to make JBU affordable.”
The costs for 2007-2008 tuition, fees, room and board break down as follows:
Increase % Increase $ Total Cost
Tuition 5.74 % $ 884 $16,296
Fees 4.56 % $ 34 $ 780
Room and Board 4.43 % $ 264 $ 6,220
Total 5.35 % $1,182 $23,296
The tuition increase will fund salary increases for faculty and staff, including the addition of new faculty. It will also cover a rise in the cost of faculty and staff benefits. An unanticipated 55 percent increase in healthcare benefit costs in 2006, together with a 15 percent increase for 2007, has forced JBU to spend significant funds into healthcare benefits for JBU’s faculty and staff.
In its continued effort to make a quality Christian education affordable for students, JBU recently completed its $10 Million Challenge, which nearly doubled the endowed scholarship funds set aside for student scholarships. JBU's other fundraising efforts in recent years have generated funds for several new buildings on campus, and students' tuition dollars are not used for building projects.
Last year, tuition, fees, room and board increased by 5.76 percent. The total cost for the 2006-2007 academic year was $22,114.
John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 40 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.