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College Board, U.S. News figures point
to UW-Eau Claire affordability, accessibility

RELEASED: Nov. 10, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — During a time of rising tuition and fees at U.S. universities, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire remains more affordable than the national average and is more accessible to students of all economic backgrounds, according to separate reports released recently by the College Board and U.S. News & World Report magazine.

For 2010-11, in-state UW-Eau Claire students pay a total of $13,134 per year in tuition, fees, room and board — about $3,000 less than the national average of $16,140 reported in the College Board's "Trends in Higher Education" series released Oct. 28. (See the College Board news release.)

The College Board reported that the 2010-11 average annual price of tuition and fees for in-state students at public four-year institutions is $7,605. UW-Eau Claire's 2010-11 in-state tuition and fees for two semesters total $7,364 — $241 less than the national average. The College Board also reported a national average of $8,535 for annual room-and-board costs at public four-year institutions. By comparison, UW-Eau Claire's 2010-11 room-and-board costs total $5,770 — $2,765 less than the national average.

"Based on the College Board findings, our undergraduates have access to all the outstanding opportunities of a UW-Eau Claire education at a much lower cost than students at other four-year public universities across the country," said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. "Coupled with recent information compiled by U.S. News & World Report about our number of students receiving Pell grants, we are encouraged that UW-Eau Claire remains both an affordable and an accessible option for qualified students who wish to earn a degree at a top regional public university."

According to rankings posted Nov. 3 by U.S. News & World Report, UW-Eau Claire's percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell grants is the third highest among the magazine's top-ranked Midwest public regional universities and the 10th highest among all U.S. News top Midwestern regional universities.

Pell grants promote access to postsecondary education by providing need-based awards to low-income students. The proportion of a university's undergraduates receiving Pell grants, which are most often given to undergraduates with family incomes under $20,000, is one indicator of economic diversity among that institution's students, U.S. News reported.

For the 2008-09 academic year, nearly one in five (19 percent) of UW-Eau Claire undergraduates received Pell grants. The percentages posted by U.S. News were obtained using U.S. Department of Education data for the number of grant recipients at each school and total undergraduate enrollment gathered by the magazine directly from the universities.

"This is a good, strong indicator that UW-Eau Claire is admitting and successfully graduating students from all income levels, including low-income, Pell-eligible students," Levin-Stankevich said.

During 2009-10 (the most recent year for which UW-Eau Claire enrollment figures are available), 2,513 — or 24 percent — of UW-Eau Claire's 10,487 enrolled undergraduates received Pell grants, said Kathleen Sahlhoff, UW-Eau Claire director of financial aid. The large increase over the number of 2008-09 Pell grant recipients is due to changes in the federal program that allowed more students to qualify for the grants, she said.

Recent research on graduation success rates indicates that students with Pell grants graduate as successfully as, if not at a slightly higher success rate than, the general student population, Sahlhoff said.

"This is an indication that there are financial resources available to allow low-income students to enroll and be academically successful at UW-Eau Claire," Sahlhoff said. "Talented students who are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply and when they do, they find there are resources available to meet their educational expenses."

View the U.S. News economic diversity figures for universities online.

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