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Lincoln and GI Campuses Listed in Error on Department of Education List

The U.S. Department of Education released its College Affordability and Transparency Lists on June 30.

Doane’s Lincoln and Grand Island undergraduate programs were incorrectly listed on the “How fast are college costs going up?” with a 22% increase in average tuition from the 2007-2008 to the 2009-2010 academic year.

The increase was actually only 6.5 percent for Doane’s Lincoln and Grand Island undergraduate programs, keeping tuition costs below many competitors.

The error was discovered by college officials after the Department of Education released the list. The error was due to incorrect reporting of data to the federal government.

"We appreciate the intent of these lists to help students make informed decisions about their choice for higher education. Doane College has a strong commitment to the same goal:to keep tuition costs affordable and quality high,” said Julie Schmidt, Vice President of Financial Affairs.

Doane contacted the Department of Education to see if the data could be corrected and the college’s name removed from the list. A Department of Education representative responded that the lists cannot be corrected at this time and that the college could take actions to explain the error.