Asia Simone Burns, Editor-In-Chief
Samford students who are trying to budget for next year now have a little more information to work with. Samford’s tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year have been revealed.
The university’s board of trustees approved the changes to tuition fees, as well as to other academic fees in a tuition and fee schedule released in March. The schedule showed the cost of tuition at Samford increasing slightly from that of the 2016-2017 academic year.
The cost of undergraduate tuition for the 2017-2018 year will be $14,820 each semester, a 3.67 percent increase from $14,276 the previous year. This is one of the lowest percentage increases in tuition to date, even undershooting last year’s low of 3.75 percent.
However, the cost of tuition is not the only cost that is increasing this year. Students will observe an uptick in the cost of on-campus housing. Undergraduate housing rates will range from $2,297 to $4,439 per semester, varying based on residence facility. This is about an eight percent increase from the 2016-2017 rates, which saw undergraduate students paying between $2,117 and $4,321 per semester to live on campus.
Meal plans will cost between $1,134 and $2,432 in the upcoming school year, a slight increase from the $1,134 to $2,361 range this academic year.
Some costs remain unchanged in the 2017-2018 school year. The cost of parking passes is one such cost. With the unveiling of the 2016-2017 tuition and fees schedule, Samford announced that the university-wide parking fee would be increased to $30 per semester to “help offset costs for maintaining current parking facilities and supporting parking solutions,” said Executive Vice President Harry Brock in an interview with the Office of Marketing and Communication. The parking fee will be unchanged in the upcoming academic year and will remain $30 per semester.
For a full list of fees or for more information about Samford’s fees and tuition, visit https://www.samford.edu/admission/tuition-and-fees.