Augustana announces 2011-2012 tuition

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

For the second consecutive year, Augustana College is announcing its tuition rates several months ahead of its peer institutions. This allows potential students and their families more time to prepare their financial plan and evaluate the distinctive academic and extra-curricular opportunities offered at Augustana.   

Upon the recommendation of President Steve Bahls, the Augustana College Board of Trustees recently approved a 3.5 percent tuition increase for the 2011-2012 academic year for both incoming and returning students. This increase is below the national 4.5 percent average increase for private four-year colleges. With the increase, Augustana’s 2011-2012 tuition/fees of $33,363 and room/board of $8,466 total $41,829.

 “The economic turmoil of the last few years has changed how families select a college and how they finance the experience,” Bahls said. “This dynamic has led us to recommit ourselves to offering our students and their families a superior return on their investment in Augustana College. We think we have done a good job in recent years in controlling costs and reinvesting in academic programs that combine the best aspects of the liberal arts college experience with a pre-professional curriculum that prepares our students not just for their first job, but for their last one.”

 Kent Barnds, vice president of enrollment and communications at Augustana, points to the importance of early and detailed financial planning and of taking advantage of the myriad resources available to assist families in financing a college education. “While tuition costs continue to rise nationwide, the range of financial aid options has experienced an even sharper increase,” Barnds said. This is noted in a piece posted on The Washington Post’s College Inc. site ( that refers to a report published by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. According to the report, college tuition rose 4.5 percent for 2010-2011, while institutional student aid rose to 6.8 percent during the same period.

Augustana offers its students more than 70 majors and related areas of study, including four new majors: multimedia journalism and mass communication, engineering physics, international business and creative writing. Other learning opportunities include the Augie Choice program where students may apply for up to $2,000 to complete an internship, service learning or faculty-mentored research project or to study abroad. Outside the classroom, Augustana students may participate in extra-curricular activities or in an intercollegiate sport, including the recently created women’s and men’s lacrosse teams.

For additional information, contact Scott Cason, assistant vice president for communication and marketing, at or (309) 794-7323.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers more than 70 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 287 faculty members and has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.