UD, DSU raise tuition for next year, Del Tech stays the same 

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

Two of the state's big three institutions of higher education are raising tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Two of the state’s big three institutions of higher education are raising tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year.

The cost of going to college in Delaware has gone up – again.

For what seems to be a yearly tradition at this point, a couple of the state’s institutions of higher education have announced tuition increases for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

University of Delaware

UD will bump tuition up 4% for next year, after implementing a 5% hike this time last year and 3% the year before.

This means undergraduate tuition for in-state students will increase $560 to $14,600 per year, and out-of-state-students will pay $1,510 more for a total of $39,100.

The 4% hike is included in dorm costs, and campus dining plans will go up 6%.

UD has stated that the cause of the increases are related to rising healthcare premiums, the impact of inflation on operations and capital projects and recruitment and retention efforts for faculty and staff.

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Mandatory fees are also going up – the comprehensive fee is increasing 13.7%, the student center fee is 4.2% higher and the student wellbeing fee is up 1.4%.

All this will be about $180 per year more for students.

UD is the state’s largest institution of higher learning, with about 25,000 students, the majority coming from out-of-state.

Delaware State University 

After a 3.5% rise in tuition for the current 2023-2024 year, DSU will raise tuition $250 for next school year.

“We have been, are, and will continue to be the best return on investment in higher education for students and their families,” said University President Tony Allen in a statement. 

Delaware State University, a top-ranked HBCU, is 54% less expensive on average than other four-year Delaware institutions and among the best value among HBCUs, Allen said. 

Even with the tuition increase, most students will not be affected. 

It won’t affect Inspire Scholars or full-scholarship recipients, which make up 79% of incoming first-year students.

The Inspire Scholarship is a state-sponsored four-year full-tuition scholarship for graduating high school seniors with a 2.75 GPA and a commitment to public service. 

Chief Financial Officer Anas Ben Addi said it costs DSU $27,500 to educate each student successfully. 

The related revenue per student is only $18,500. 

“We never plan to fill the gap by simply raising tuition,” Ben Addi said. “Still, modest increases are important as we fill the difference with private fundraising, ongoing contracting and research opportunities, and federal and state appropriation as necessary and appropriate.”

Next year, tuition will cost $9,050 per year for in-state students (plus $1,520 in fees and $895 for student health insurance) and $19,014 for out-of-state students (plus $1,520 in fees and $895 for student health insurance).

Delaware Technical Community College

Del Tech has not raised tuition since the 2019-2020 school year, five years ago.

It was 2% over the prior year.

Right now, tuition is $2,287.50 per semester for in-state residents and $5,718.75 per semester for out-of-state students.

There’s also about $75 in student, registration and technology fees.

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