The tuition at YC will remain the same as the previous school year—a cost that is extremely competitive, says YC President Steve Eckman.
“York College offers outstanding value among its peers,” Eckman says. “York College students have the lowest tuition of any private, liberal arts college in Nebraska. Among schools in our fellowship, we are among the lowest cost.”
At the same time, the value of a YC education is rising, says Eckman, as the administration has emphasized more terminally degreed faculty and higher standards for academic preparation.
"The fact that we aren't raising tuition isn't news here," he says. "York College has always been student-focused. We are constantly striving to keep costs down so we can make Christian education affordable to as many students as possible."
Eckman noted that in a six year period, York College has raised tuition only five percent. That is less than many schools nationwide have increased year over year.
"We keep costs low because we know a York College education would be out of reach for many students if we followed the trend in higher ed and continuously raised prices." Eckman also points to a recent ranking by the U.S. Department of Education that shows that YC students graduate with less debt than their counter parts elsewhere in Nebraska, with a median debt load of $14,875. That’s less debt than the median student debt at University of Nebraska Lincoln.
The median student debt load for all Nebraska college students is $24,300 and the U.S. median is $27,000. There’s a belief that private, Christian education is too expensive for most students. "That’s just not true," says Eckman. “The truth is we are very cost competitive, not only among private schools, but among all colleges. We have worked very hard to keep our tuition affordable. We want as many students as possible to have a transformative, life-changing experience at York College.”
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