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Westminster College Tuition Cut Draws More Students

(photo courtesty Westminster College)
(photo courtesty Westminster College)


Fenton, MO – A small liberal arts college in central Missouri that bucked the trend of rising tuition is reaping the benefits of making the cut.

While many public universities were raising tuition to make up for state budget cuts, Westminster College in Fulton cut tuition costs by 20%.

The move was an effort to draw more students, and it's working.

The school will open Tuesday with 243 first-time freshmen enrolled for the fall semester. That's the largest number in 36 years.

More than 800 students in all are expected on campus.

Westminster's president says the increased enrollment more than offsets the tuition cut. While freshmen are paying about
$3,000 less than last year, the school's revenue from tuition is actually up.

The school's goal is to eventually have 1,000 full-time students enrolled.