Regent College Announces No Tuition Increase
VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA, MARCH 15, 2011 – Regent College President Rod Wilson announced today that tuition fees will not rise for the upcoming 2011-12 academic year. This will not be a common move among North American graduate schools and seminaries; at a time when many ATS schools are raising tuition between 2 and 10 percent annually, this is a major departure for a leading theological school. For Regent's exact tuition rates beginning Fall 2011 for the 2011-12 academic year, click here.
As President Wilson pointed out, Regent College has carefully monitored the quality, accessibility, and affordability of Regent's programs. Affordability has become a key concern for current and prospective Regent students, especially those affected by the negative economic downturn. International students, for example, who save carefully for years to fund their degrees, have seen the value of their savings diminished by unfavorable currency exchange rates. This decision on next year's tuition rates stems, in part, from sensitivity to these realities.
Regent College was the first graduate school of theology in North America to make education of the laity its central focus, and remains committed to that mission, along with a commitment to the church and the academy. In recent years, the College has run annual fund campaigns to support various forms of student aid, and this decision not to raise tuition flows from the same overall goal: making quality theological education as affordable as possible. As Dr. Craig Gay, Associate Dean at Regent College, puts it, "Theological education is too important to be too expensive."
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About Regent College
Located at the main entrance to the University of British Columbia (UBC), and affiliated with Canada's third-largest university, Regent College provides a quality graduate degree offering led by a team of world-renowned faculty. The College educates, nurtures and equips the laity—the whole people of God—to live and work as servant leaders in vocations within the home, the marketplace, and the church. Regent is a community of Christians seeking—through theological studies—practical tools for spiritual growth and ministry in both church and marketplace settings. Regent is a truly international community. The student body is made up of approximately 40% Canadian students and 60% International students. This global blend of nationalities challenges students to expand their faith beyond their own cultural context.