At its meeting on March 1, the Board of Trustees voted to increase tuition and residential comprehensive fees by 4.4 percent for the 2019–20 academic year.
Tuition and fees for the 2019–20 year will be $56,704. The residential comprehensive fee for first-year and sophomore students will be $15,724, and for juniors and seniors will be $17,874. The percentage increase in student charges aligns with the University’s projected increase in total expenses.
Wesleyan meets the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students and devotes millions of its operating budget to support of scholarships. In 2018–19, 42 percent of students are receiving need-based scholarship awards averaging nearly $46,800.
Recent initiatives have eliminated loans for our neediest students and lowered overall student debt to levels far below the national average. In January, Wesleyan raised the minimum wage for student workers to $11 an hour, in part to allow students on work-study to reduce the number of hours worked. Additionally, in recent years, Wesleyan lowered the summer earnings contribution for all financial aid students and expanded eligibility for the reduced student contribution. As always, the university remains committed to exploring new ways to help low-income students and families afford a Wesleyan education.