Drew University Lowers Tuition by 20%

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City.

Written by Drew University’s Office of Communications

Drew University (www.drew.edu) recently announced it will lower its tuition by 20%–from $48,336 this year to $38,668 next year–rolling it back to 2010 and narrowing the gap between its “sticker price” and the amount many families pay after financial aid. This move makes Drew’s true tuition and true value more clear to more families, and makes a Drew education more accessible.

Since 2010, tuition and fees have increased by 25% at private colleges and by 16.5% at public colleges–all while family incomes have remained mostly flat. For many families–especially middle-class families who may not qualify for need-based aid–a college education may seem out of reach. But the reality is that most students do not pay a school’s full tuition price thanks to generous financial aid.

For example, Drew awarded about $35 million in scholarships and grants to its students this year and about 80% of them received financial aid. Its average total financial aid award was $39,700 and average scholarship/grant was $29,000.

“Drew’s published price has deterred some families from considering the hallmarks of a Drew education–our professors who work one-on-one with students, our real-world learning experiences, our connections to our neighborhood and to New York City and our 94% success rate in the job market or graduate school within six months of graduation. Our lower tuition will open Drew’s door to many who thought it was closed to them,” said MaryAnn Baenninger, president of Drew.

Drew takes this step as it celebrates its 150th year and a period of exceptional growth. Drew experienced a 27 percent increase in incoming students in three years and an increase of 50 percent in transfer students in four years. First-to-second-year retention has increased from 76 percent to 87 percent in four years. Drew recently welcomed the largest class of international students in its history, and its international student enrollment has grown by 195 percent in four years. Washington Monthly named Drew a “Best Bang for the Buck” school in 2016 and The Princeton Review twice chose Drew as one of only 50 “Colleges that Create Futures.”

Building on its strong foundation, Drew has invested, and will continue to invest, in its strengths. Recently launched liberal arts majors and minors include media & communications, creative writing, film studies, data science and statistics. New professionally-focused combined degree programs, in partnership with master’s and doctoral universities, include nursing, software engineering, law and teaching. Its number of New York City semesters has doubled, with the newest additions in Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship and Theatre. The University also recently opened a new dining hall and new science labs, and welcomed new sports teams.

“The tuition reset lowers our price below that of many colleges and universities to which our students also apply,” said Bob Massa, senior vice president for enrollment management and institutional planning. “This plus the advantages of our excellent faculty mentors, our innovative programs and generous financial aid equals a Drew degree that is more valuable than ever.”

Additional information on this initiative can be found at www.drew.edu/letsbeclear.