Administrators for the Fontbonne University OPTIONS program hope a three-month tuition freeze will provide some financial relief for working adults who are considering enrolling in the OPTIONS undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
The OPTIONS program will delay its annual tuition increase by three months, essentially allowing those who enroll during August, September and October, the lower tuition rate that was available during the 2007-2008 academic year. OPTIONS students already enjoy a rate lock-in, so this will significantly reduce the cost of their education.
“This is just the right thing to do,” says Greg Taylor, Executive Vice President for Strategy and Operations at Fontbonne University. “During these shaky economic times, working adults who are considering furthering their education might be tempted to put off getting started. That is the last thing we want to see happening. For example, we know that there will be an economic impact for those Chrysler employees affected by the downsizing. Fontbonne has had a long-term education partnership there for over 20 years.” Taylor added, “It is a fact that there are fewer financial resources available to adult learners than traditionally aged students.”
Taylor points out that the move provides a win-win solution for everyone.
“Students can keep moving forward with their educational goals without additional out-of-pocket costs, corporations who provide tuition reimbursement for their employees also realize significant savings, and the Fontbonne University OPTIONS program can continue to grow and offer quality programming to working adults throughout the greater St. Louis area,” says Taylor.
With its main campus located in Clayton, the university has also established OPTIONS classroom sites in North County, South County, Chesterfield and downtown St. Louis. OPTIONS is designed specifically to accommodate the needs of busy, working adults with convenient and accelerated undergraduate and graduate degree programs.