Higher Price For Higher Education


The Faculty announced last Monday that the price of a Harvard-Radcliffe education will climb to $5350, an increase of more than 6 per cent from the 1973-74 rates, and all indications are that this upward trend will continue for some time.

"I think it is fair to assume that there will be tuition increases for three or four years," Robert E. Kaufman '62, assistant to the dean of the Faculty for financial affairs, said last week.

And if middle-class students not on financial aid are dismayed by the inflationary costs of their education, they can take solace in the fact that they don't go to Yale, Brown or Cornell, where the increases are even more drastic.

The $325 rise marks a $200 increase in tuition and a $125 increment in room and board fees.

Undergraduates opting not to live in one of Harvard's 12 residential Houses will also be affected by augmented costs. It was also announced last week by Eleanor C. Marshall, assistant to the deans of Harvard and Radcliffe, that the off-campus tax imposition will go higher than the current $295.


There is bad news for graduate students as well. The price of study at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will be raised $200, to $3400. The good news for grad students is that they will continue to pay the reduced rate of $1000 per year for their third and subsequent years of residence--if, indeed, they can find enough money to make it to that point.

Scholarship and financial aid support will have to be adjusted to reflect the new increases, a spokesman for the Financial Aid Office said last week.

But Martha C. Lyman, assistant director of financial aid, said that students may have to bear part of the burden of the cost increases. "In the past," she said, "the standard rise in aid has been somewhat less than the absolute increase in cost."