SOUTH BEND — Students attending Indiana University campuses this summer receive a 25 percent tuition discount, but so far that offer isn’t translating into enrollment increases at Indiana University South Bend.
“Summer session 1 was disappointing because we were actually down a little bit from last year,” said Jeff Jones, IUSB’s vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management.
A total of 2,348 students enrolled in summer session 1, which began May 14. That’s a 7.85 percent decline from the same period in 2011. In terms of total credit hours, the first summer session was down 6.87 percent from last year.
The 25 percent tuition discount also applies to summer session 2, which begins July 2. At this point, enrollment for the second summer session is running about 2.5 percent behind last year, but students are still enrolling, Jones said.
To register for the second summer session or for more information, visit www.iusb.edu/registrar.
Statewide, IU enrollment is up about 3.8 percent so far this summer.
The IU board of trustees approved the summer tuition discount last fall in an effort to encourage year-round attendance and help students complete college degrees quicker. It’s also intended to better use campus buildings, which traditionally are underused during summer months.
Similar summer tuition discounts also are available at Ball State University, the University of Southern Indiana and some other colleges.
For an in-state student attending IUSB, the summer discount means paying $150 per credit hour, rather than $200 per credit hour during fall and spring semesters. For students from out of state, summer tuition is $501 per credit hour, rather than the $551 per credit hour during fall and spring semesters.
Summer discounts apply only to undergraduate students. The summer discount is available to students from other colleges who are home for the summer. Many students can take IU courses and transfer the credits to their own college, Jones said. “It’s a great way for students to catch up or get ahead,” he said, noting some incoming freshmen are choosing to take their introductory courses during the summer for the discounted tuition rate.
Jones said administrators realize many students rely on summer jobs to earn money for college and thus can’t take summer classes. However, the summer tuition deal is a good effort by IU to address the issue of increasing college costs and provide more affordable options, he said.
“We knew we were going to consider this a pilot year. We would have liked to see a slightly bigger increase,” said Mark Land, IU’s vice president for public affairs.
IU leaders will take what they learn this summer from the discount tuition program and apply it when promoting the program to students for next summer, he said.