HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Centenary University has announced its intent to freeze tuition through the end of 2021 in response to the financial impact of the pandemic on students and their families. The decision paves the way for new and returning students to pay the current spring semester tuition rate for the fall 2021 semester.
“This is an important way Centenary can help to ease the financial stress the pandemic has placed on our families,” said Robert L. Miller Jr., Ph.D., vice president for enrollment management. “A tuition freeze will go a long way toward ensuring that students can continue on their path to a college degree without interruption.”
Centenary has a long tradition of providing financial assistance to deserving students. One hundred percent of the University’s incoming freshmen receive a grant or scholarship, with the average award totaling more than $27,000. In addition, over 93 percent of transfer students receive a grant or scholarship, with the average award totaling more than $20,000.
Centenary University President Bruce Murphy, Ed.D., noted that the tuition freeze, which will continue through Dec. 31, 2021, supplements pandemic-related aid distributed by the University through the federal CARES Act and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). “Through each of those federal programs, Centenary University has awarded over $550,000 in pandemic-related aid to students demonstrating financial hardship,” Dr. Murphy explained. “This tuition freeze is an institutional initiative that will provide assistance for the fall semester to each and every Centenary University student.”
In addition to providing pandemic-related financial support to students, the University is assisting students to keep their college education on track through Centenary Choice, a program introduced last fall that allows students to attend classes on campus or virtually, as well as in a HyFlex format combining in-person and virtual learning. The flexibility afforded through Centenary Choice enables students to continue their education, while respecting individual comfort levels for in-person and virtual learning.