Students enter new academic year with tuition increases – The Rider News
By Amethyst Martinez
Rider students and their families have been notified of a tuition increase of $500 per semester for the 2022-23 school year, with the price increasing by an additional $500 per semester for all undergraduates, via a e-mail sent by President Gregory Dell’Omo during the summer.
Described in the email, Dell’Omo described the thought process in the decision as “the need to continue to invest in the quality of your educational experience with the need to maintain affordability.”
The email also mentioned that, even with the increase, tuition and fees do not cover 100% of the running costs of the university, which has led to reliance on additional funding sources such as donors to fill the gap.
This tuition increase comes at a time when many Americans are dealing with the effects of inflation across the country. Drew Aromando, vice president of enrollment management, cited several reasons why the price adjustment was made.
“Rider University’s approach to pricing emphasizes overall affordability and the current economic environment, key strategic initiatives, recent enrollment trends, and competitor data,” said Aromando. .
Rider claims to invest more than $84 million in student financial aid each year, in addition to state and federal aid. “We are very proud of our continued commitment to providing financial assistance,” said Aromando. “The financial situation of each student and each family is unique.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges froze tuition for a time; Rider froze its tuition for one semester in the fall of 2020. Since then, tuition has steadily increased to meet the need for rising college costs. The cost of attending new students in 2022-23 is $56,905 per year for those living on campus and $41,475 for commuters, according to the University Rider website.
Andrew Bernstein, President of the Rider’s Student Government Association (SGA), said, “I sincerely hope this does not have a negative effect on incoming and current Rider students…I am grateful that this is not a rate higher than it is, but I know it will always affect people’s wallets.
Other universities in New Jersey have also seen steep tuition increases. Institutions of higher education such as Rowan University, Rutgers University and the College of New Jersey have all increased their prices for their undergraduate programs.
Many students were also affected by Rider’s new opt-out policy, which opted out of more than 400 students if they failed to meet certain requirements, primarily due to financial issues, for the fall semester.
The university urged students to contact campus resources if they are having trouble paying their bill.
Aromando said, “Students are encouraged to visit One Stop Services, who will work one-on-one with students to ensure we are maximizing all eligible resources to cover the cost of a Rider education.”
Bernstein echoed the sentiment that students should seek help if they face a tuition price issue.
“The great services we have here, like financial aid, are really what we’re trying to point students to to help fight this,” Bernstein said. “Of course, we always invite students to share their concerns with us. We obviously can’t directly change the cost of tuition or the pricing faces associated with it, but it’s definitely something we can bring into the conversations if we hear student feedback.