PHOENIX, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As the cost of attending college continues to rise across the country, Grand Canyon University announced today that it is freezing tuition on its west Phoenix campus for the ninth consecutive year.
Tuition for the 2017-18 school year will remain at $16,500 for existing and incoming students, which has not changed since 2009. However, the vast majority -- more than 90 percent -- of GCU students also receive institutional scholarships that bring the average tuition cost to approximately $8,600, which is on par with public universities and well below other private schools. That total does not include federal aid such as pell grants and subsidized student loans or external scholarships that lower students' out-of-pocket expenses further. According to data released last week by the College Board, the average cost of in-state tuition and fees at four-year public universities across the country rose 2.6 percent to $9,650 in 2016-17, while the cost at four-year private institutions jumped 3.6 percent to $33,480. "Students should not be deterred from higher education simply because of the cost," said GCU President Brian Mueller. "By keeping tuition affordable, it is our mission to ensure that high-quality, private, Christian education remains accessible to everyone." Housing costs at GCU also were frozen for next year, although the average cost per student increased slightly after the university doubled the number of single-occupancy apartment-style rooms that its students desire. GCU's average room and board cost of $7,153 remains well below the national averages for public four-year schools ($10,440) and private four-year universities ($11,890) according to the College Board. "In the past nine years, we have been truly blessed with the remarkable transformation that has occurred on our campus," Mueller said. "We have added new classrooms, laboratories, residence halls, athletics facilities and other student amenities without passing those costs on to our students."