Tuition for Doane College students will increase 2 percent for the 2007-08 academic year - the lowest percentage increase in more than 10 years.
The increase also is below projected inflation rates of 3.2 percent for the same time period.
The 2 percent rise translates to an additional $380 per student. It brings the total cost of Doane's tuition, fees and room and board to $24,560.
Tuition costs next year will account for $18,800 of the total package cost. About 95 percent of Doane students receive some form of financial aid.
The low increase -- approved by Doane's Board of Trustees -- will come in an academic year that includes numerous investments in student services and campus improvements.
Doane added new faculty in political science, music and business management programs and new majors in biochemistry and journalism . Students will also benefit from an increased travel scholarship - boosted from $700 to $1,000. The travel scholarship is provided to each Doane student to encourage international travel and study.
A new softball/baseball complex and track and field throwing competition area will open this month. In the fall, the new Education and Hixson Lied Art Building will welcome returning students, as well as a large new fitness center designed to meet student needs while plans progress on a new recreation and athletic center.
"We know how tuition increases affect our students and their families- not just those in Nebraska but across the country. This year, because of our strong endowment and donor support, we were in a position to keep the tuition increase low, while moving forward with a lot of exciting projects on campus that will benefit our students immediately. We are very pleased with this outcome and what it will mean for our students and their families," said Doane President Jonathan Brand.