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Howard University Tuition Information 2012 - 2013
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Howard University > Tuition Information > Letter to Students

January 31, 2012

Dear Howard Student:

Howard University continues to be one of our nation's best, accessible and affordable comprehensive research institutions. Recently, the Washington Post ranked Howard third among colleges with low debt among graduates. Howard's tuition and mandatory fees continue to be significantly below those of its peer research universities and other private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

As part of the transformative academic renewal initiative, the University is in the process of restructuring undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through academic renewal to strengthen its profile and improve the quality and level of support for students, faculty and staff in a high-quality educational environment.

Funding to support the University's academic renewal initiative and general operations comes from various internal and external sources. The most significant include: support from the federal government and agencies, tuition and fees, contributions from alumni and other supporters of the University as well as contract and research grants.

With funding support from the federal government remaining flat or declining over the past five years, the University will have to increase revenues from other sources, including tuition and fees, to help offset the rising cost of its operations and strategic investments while remaining accessible. The new tuition and fees cost structure for undergraduate and graduate students will take effect during the 2012-2013 academic year.

We heavily weigh any decision to raise tuition and fees as we are very sensitive to the ability of our students and their families to finance higher education. At Howard, the method used to arrive at tuition and mandatory fee rates is inclusive and transparent. Through the University's Tuition and Rates Committee (TRAC), which includes faculty, students, staff and administrators, recommendations regarding tuition and fees are presented for approval. The University's approach to tuition and mandatory fee pricing is designed to enhance academic and student services to ensure its financial sustainability and provide support for its short- and long-term reinvestment strategy.

During the past two years, we have taken aggressive steps to cut costs, improve efficiency and utilize technology to enhance our services in our operations units and instruction in academic affairs. In addition, we renovated a number of classrooms, laboratories and campus buildings, streamlined student services, installed WiFi technology and I-Lab services, expanded food service options, significantly improved student health services and substantially increased need-based financial aid for eligible students. In the next two years, Howard will add new residence halls for undergraduate students and a new facility to support faculty and student academic research activities. We will also continue to attract and retain first-class faculty and researchers.

We are mindful of the global economic challenges and remain committed to our mission of providing a Howard education to students with high academic standing and potential. Howard University continues to offer a range of extensive financial aid to support its students, including need-based grants, Trustee Scholarships, graduate student tuition and scholarships, grant-in-aid talent awards and professional school merit fellowships.

Our team of professionals in the Office of Student Financial Services is available to provide further guidance and answer questions about the 2012-2013 tuition and fees, need-based and merit-based financial aid and payment options. For more information, visit

Thank you for your continued support of Howard University.


Sidney A. Ribeau

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