Beginning next summer, Indiana resident undergraduates enrolled at all of IU's seven campuses statewide will receive a 25 percent discount in tuition for courses taken in the summer. Nonresident undergraduate students will receive an equivalent dollar reduction in their tuition.
IU President Michael A. McRobbie, who announced the plan on Oct. 24, told trustees that the new initiative will make an IU education more affordable, reduce the length of time it takes many students to earn a degree and allow for greater use of the university's facilities across the state.
"We are pleased to be able to provide such relief at a time when many of our students and their families need it most, while at the same time laying groundwork for more fundamental changes in our academic model in the future," McRobbie said. "I am confident that this plan meets the immediate needs of our students and also helps us rethink what it means to be a public university in the 21st century."
Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers participated in Monday's announcement, and IU's summer tuition discount and has been endorsed by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. It also has been positively received by the University Faculty Council, IU's faculty governance body, McRobbie said.
IU currently operates summer sessions at its campuses across the state, and summer enrollment has remained relatively constant for the past decade. In 2011, approximately 43,000 individual students took at least one class during the summer, representing less than 40 percent of IU's total student population.