Committed To Affordability, Limestone University Announces Tuition Freeze For Third Straight Year

Charles Wyatt

In its continued effort to make higher education affordable for students and their families, Limestone University has announced its intent to freeze tuition and fees for traditional undergraduate students through 2022-2023, marking an unprecedented three straight years of no tuition increase.

Limestone also announced that tuition for its Online Program students will remain flat for the fourth consecutive year.

“We are proud to say that we are once again holding our tuition steady for both our on-campus and online students,” said Limestone President Dr. Darrell Parker. “Providing our students with the opportunity to receive an affordable, high-quality education remains one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to ensure that education and career advancement opportunities are available to every student who becomes a member of the Limestone family. These tuition freezes reinforce our commitment to educate leaders of tomorrow by preserving our position as an affordable higher education option for students in our area and across the state and the region.”

Recently adopted by the finance committee and to be formally approved by the Limestone Board of Trustees in the spring of 2022, traditional undergraduate tuition will remain $12,600 per semester for a full-time student taking 12-18 semester hours. Full-time student fees per semester will stay at $550. Part-time tuition costs will remain at $1,050 per credit hour for on-campus students and $441 per credit hour through the online program.

Parker noted that Limestone provides extensive scholarship opportunities and financial aid packages to assist students and families. He pointed out that in the past four years, Limestone has invested approximately $49 million in student scholarships.

“With the South Carolina LIFE Scholarship, the South Carolina Tuition Grant, and Limestone’s own institutional aid, we can be more affordable for full-time in-state students than many of the area public institutions,” Parker explained. “Our mission is to offer private university quality at public college affordability. We are continually striving to make Limestone more affordable than ever. At the same time, we also offer smaller class sizes, easier access to faculty and staff, a supportive campus community, and a history of academic excellence,” he added.

According to research posted on the College Board website, private institutions such as Limestone award on average 10 times as much money in grant aid than public colleges. In addition, public schools generally award smaller and fewer scholarships than private institutions.

The latest tuition freeze comes at a time of significant growth for Limestone. Current graduate degree programs such as the Master of Business Administration, Master of Social Work, and Master of Science in Health Informatics will soon be joined by a Master of Science in Athletic Training, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing, and an MSN-MBA dual degree. In addition, the University’s RN-BSN program received accreditation last year and Limestone is now recruiting freshmen for nursing in the fall of 2022. A recently implemented partnership with the Edward Via College of Medicine in Spartanburg is offering preferred admission for qualifying Limestone students.