Tuition Reset FAQs

What is a tuition reset?

A tuition reset is an adjustment in the tuition price that narrows the gap between a published tuition amount and the anticipated amount families will pay before financial aid is applied. The tuition reset at Elmira College narrows the gap for families and makes an Elmira College education a real possibility for more students.

Why is Elmira resetting undergraduate tuition?

Elmira College was founded in 1855 - a time in American history when abolitionists were fighting to end slavery and suffragettes were pushing for women’s rights. These movements supporting human rights and opportunity permeated much of the thinking in Upstate New York. It was in this spirit that the founders of Elmira College decided to “establish a real college for women” equal in rigor to the best men’s colleges of the day. Co-educational since 1969, the College continues that tradition today, offering an engaging, immersive, and supportive student-centered education for all students studying at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

But much of the current higher education system has gone awry. A recent Pew Research Center poll found that 60% of Americans say higher education is headed in the wrong direction. While everyone has varying opinions on what’s wrong, one thing everyone agrees on – tuition rates are too high. And we agree.

To that end, tuition at Elmira College will be reset to $35,400 ($33,900 plus $1,500 fees), effective with the 2019-2020 academic year. The tuition reset moves Elmira College’s tuition rate to one of the lowest undergraduate tuition prices of any four-year private college or university in the region.

Why now?

The time is right. Elmira College is entering a new chapter with a new president and a new 2018-2023 strategic plan, scheduled to be released in late October/early November. The tuition reset supports the plan’s goal of increasing and diversifying enrollment, by making an Elmira College education a real possibility for more students.

Will you be able to offer the same quality Elmira education?

Yes. The tuition reset narrows the gap for families, making an Elmira College education a real possibility for more students. An education that pairs academic excellence with high-caliber faculty; an education that provides life-changing and immersive learning opportunities; an education that includes vibrant co-curricular options in an engaging campus environment; and an education that is more than an education, but an experience and a bond that fosters leadership, success, and friendships which last a lifetime.

How much is tuition being reduced?

Tuition and fees for Fall 2019 will be $35,400 for all full-time undergraduate students, new and returning. The tuition reset represents a 15% drop from the Fall 2018 tuition price of $41,900. The standard room and board plan for Fall 2019 will be $12,500.

Can undergraduate students still receive scholarships and financial aid?

Yes. EC will offer nearly $14 million in scholarships and grants in 2019-2020, but this new model moves EC away from a “high-tuition/high-discount” model to one that is more affordable for our students over the four years spent earning a degree.

How does the tuition reset affect currently awarded merit-based and need-based aid?

As mentioned previously, merit scholarships and other aid will continue to make it possible for students to attend Elmira College. With a lower published price, a student’s financial aid need, generally, will be less. Merit and need-based grant aid from Elmira will be adjusted accordingly.

Every current student will receive customized information about their estimated costs and aid for 2019-2020 in early February, and staff will be available to answer questions about individual circumstances at that time.

Does the tuition reduction apply to room and board?

Room and board costs are not included in the tuition reset. The standard room and board plan for Fall 2019 will be $12,500.

Will this tuition reset apply to graduate students?

Graduate tuition is not included in this reset. Graduate tuition rates per credit hour at Elmira College are already in close alignment with average net prices.

How long will this tuition reduction be in effect? Do you expect to raise tuition next year?

Our new tuition for 2019-2020 sets an undergraduate tuition base equivalent to what Elmira College charged in 2011-2012. Any tuition increases in future years will start from this significantly lower price.