We see them in our classrooms and cultural shows, in our labs and on our sports teams. They are often distinguished by a strange accent, a distinct garb, a new perspective in a classroom discussion, or even by a modest “eh” at the end of a sentence. Stanford’s international undergraduate students add inestimably to campus culture, talent and diversity.
The rising cost of higher education is one of the few features of American economic life to remain constant over the last few decades. Since 1978, the inflation-adjusted cost of college tuition has increased 650 percent; here at Stanford, the cost of tuition and room and board now stands at $52,341 per year. Despite many universities’ (including Stanford’s) efforts to increase need-based financial aid, the dramatic rise in the cost of education has left the average college senior with nearly $25,000 in debt
March 15, 2011 was not a particularly important day for most people, but that Tuesday was emblazoned into the mind of Cristal Garcia ’11 and her family: it was the final tuition payment deadline for Garcia’s final quarter at Stanford. But more than that, it marked a symbolic, though not exactly triumphant, end to the Chicago native’s four-year battle to pay for college.
Federal funding for Pell Grants may decrease significantly if the Senate also passes the H.R.1 bill recently passed by the House of Representatives. Stanford’s Financial Aid Office is confident that these proposed cuts, if enacted, would have a limited impact on the University’s need-based financial aid policy.
The Board of Trustees approved a combined tuition, room and board increase of 3.5 percent for the 2011-2012 academic year. This rise will be applied across the University, with the exception of Stanford Law School, which will see a 5.75-percent hike in its fees.
To boost the number of low-income applicants, the nation’s Dept. of Education has made changes to the FAFSA forms for easy completion.
The board of trustees expects reports this year on the state of the School of Engineering, the earthquake risks facing the University and the next 25 years of land use at Stanford, board President Leslie Hume said in an overview of the board’s agenda on Tuesday.