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Board of Trustees Establishes Tuition and Fees for 2019-2020

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The Kean University Board of Trustees approved a 2 percent increase in tuition and fees for the 2019-2020 academic year on Monday, June 24 in a vote that reaffirms the University’s commitment to offering an accessible world-class education. 

With the increase, Kean will remain one of the most affordable universities in New Jersey.

“Kean continues to evolve at a very competitive level,” said Dawood Farahi, Ph.D., president of Kean University, “but we are always working to keep costs down for our hardworking students, many of whom hold down more than one job to pay for their education.” 

The cost of attending Kean in the next academic year for full-time, in-state students will increase by $247.50 to $12,595. For out-of-state students in the same category, the increase will be $388.50 for the academic year, to $19,771. 

In-state, full-time graduate students will see a $343 increase for the academic year, to $17,475.50. Out-of-state graduate students will pay $440 more for the academic year, for a total of $22,437.50

The only increase in fees this year came in the athletic and recreation fee. It reflects an increase of $52.50 for undergraduate students, to $322.50. For graduate students, the increase will be $42, to $258.

“We have not made any major investments or support to the athletic and recreation program in some time,” Janice Murray-Laury, vice president for student affairs, said at a recent tuition hearing held on the Union campus. “This is an area — health and wellness — in which students are very concerned. This year, we are supporting that area of the budget.”

Kean’s students graduate with one-third less debt than the national average. The Office of Financial Aid works with students to provide appropriate financial aid and scholarship packages to offset the cost of tuition and fees. Nearly 80 percent of Kean’s undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.

“Accessibility and excellence in higher education go hand-in-hand at Kean in support of our students and their efforts to achieve a college degree,” said Ada Morell, chair of the Board of Trustees.

Kean University’s Office of Student Accounting oversees billing changes and can address any questions from students.