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Tuition at Harvard College will be increased by the unprecedented sum of $400. Tuition at present is $2000 having been raised only last year from $1760.
The Corporation has not voted on the increase yet, but it is expected to approve it in which case the new tuition of $2400 will be charged this September.
Dean Ford, contacted at his summer home in Vermont, said that scholarships would be increased but not enough to cover the entire $400 increase. In the past Harvard College has generally increased scholarships liberally in response to changes in the room-board-tuition fare. For example when tuition was last raised, going up by $240, scholarships sometimes went up by $200.
It was unclear last night whether there would be changes too in the room and board rates which are presently $550 and $620 respectively per year. Since computations for increases are made separately in each case, increases in room and board for next year cannot be ruled out.
Dean Ford said that the decision to increase the tuition rate next year had been arrived at as part of Harvard's long standing policy of having students pay half their schooling costs, with the other half being made up from alumni money.
He said that the increase had been made necessary because of rising costs that had not been expected when the last increase in tuition was announced the year before. He attributed these higher costs, to the following three factors, in order of importance: maintenance costs involving the Buildings and Grounds Department, the cost of financial aid to students, and the Cost of higher salaries for faculty and the College staff.
Dean Ford also predicted that such sharp increases in college fees would be the pattern of the future unless the Federal government stepped in to make up the difference between the costs of public and private schooling. He referred to Yale where he said, the authorities were considering an increase in tuition to $3000 in one stroke.
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