Webster University Extends Tuition Freeze into 2021-2022
January 25, 2021
Webster University’s tuition freeze that was instituted in 2020-2021 for new and returning undergraduates in the United States will be extended to the 2021-2022 academic year, University official announced today.
The extension of the freeze reinforces Webster’s mission to provide high-quality, affordable education to a student population of diverse socio-economic backgrounds, while recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic will likely continue to have a negative economic impact on most households for the foreseeable future.
“We know that many have struggled during the past year as the pandemic impacted many students and their families. We also realize that attaining a degree or certification is a proven pathway to improved lives for our graduates and stronger communities where they live and work." said Webster University Chancellor Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. “This decision will help assure continued access to Webster's transformative education Webster students.”
Under the plan, almost all undergraduate students and graduate students will see no tuition increase next year. There are a handful of exceptions for specialized programs and select locations across Webster’s global network.
“We are extremely cognizant of the impacts that our students have endured during this past year and purposefully looked for the best ways to ease their financial burdens in the coming year,” said Webster University President Julian Z. Schuster. “Our action today enhances our commitment to educational access by holding the majority of students’ costs steady while they advance their education in this period of uncertainty.”
Webster University is frequently cited by national publications and reports for its affordability and value. Last year, U.S. News & World Report recognized Webster in several categories of distinction, including Top Performers in Social Mobility, Economic Diversity, and Best Value School. The “Social Mobility” list reviewed the graduation rates of Pell Grant recipients to non-Pell Grant recipients to determine which institutions best serve the needs of Pell students.
In 2019, Washington Monthly magazine released its list of the best universities in the country and noted Webster as one of the best for helping “non-wealthy” students achieve an education. The publication also ranked Webster under “Best Bang for Your Buck: Midwest Region (Social Mobility Ranking)” list. Webster was ranked as the 11th best institution in Missouri for social mobility (out of 37 state institutions) and was the 13th best among all its regional peers in the Midwest that year. A listing of many of Webster’s successes can be found online at University News & Recognition.