BETHANY, W.Va. – As Bethany College prepares to celebrate its 175th anniversary, Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, has announced a tuition freeze for the 2014-15 academic year. The freeze will apply to all incoming and returning undergraduate students.
“Bethany recognizes that a college education is an investment in the future,” Dr. Miller said. “As we celebrate this milestone anniversary as the state’s oldest institution of higher learning, there is no better time to make a Bethany education more affordable.”
Bethany’s tuition is already far below that of similar institutions. The average cost of tuition and fees at a private institution is $30,094, while Bethany’s is $25,736.
The cost of a college education in the United States has been rising since the 1970s. According to The College Board, the average increase in tuition and fees for full-time students at private nonprofit four-year institutions was 3.8 percent in 2012. More than 90 percent of Bethany students receive financial aid through scholarships, grants, loans and work study opportunities.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college. The College will celebrate its 175th anniversary during the 2014-15 academic year.