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Grand Canyon University freezes tuition for 2018-19 academic year

Nov 20, 2017, 1:00 PM

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PHOENIX — For the 10th straight time, Grand Canyon University has announced it will freeze tuition for the next college year.

The bill for students, about 91,000 of them combining campus attendance and online enrollment, will remain $16,500. Data released by the College Board showed out-of-state four-year public university fees were thousands more.

“Cost should not be a deterrent to earning a college degree,” university President said Brian Mueller said in a statement on the website.

Additional fees were $980, a university spokesman said.

The for-profit Christian school at 35th Avenue and Camelback Road will also keep fees down for room and board.

Tuition and fees at nonprofit private four-year schools cost an average of $35,000, according to the board’s pricing trends.

CollegeSimply.com listed room and board at Grand Canyon University at $8,500. All together, it costs the average undergraduate student about $32,000 to attend the for-profit school per year.

“Ten years without raising tuition on our ground campus, with only minimal increases in online tuition… that’s unheard of in higher education,” Mueller said.

The campus has grown considerably in the past few years. Enrollment has boomed and the 300-acre site has added an office complex, a hotel, dorms, a coffee company, apartments and athletic facilities in the past six years.

The office complex and hotel opened this year.

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Grand Canyon University freezes tuition for 2018-19 academic year