The cost of tuition and fees for 2019-20 academic year has been set at $35,300 and room and board at $9,800, according to an email from Julie Schmidt, vice president of Finance and Administration. This makes the total cost for an on-campus student $45,100 before financial aid.
This is a 4.4 percent increase in tuition from last year’s $33,800 and a 4.3 percent increase in room and board from $9,400.
Schmidt says it is important to remember that these numbers are the cost before financial aid. Almost every student receives financial aid.
“Nobody pays this dollar amount. It’s the gross before the scholarships. We’re looking at total value, not just sticker price,” Schmidt said. “We still have a lower sticker price than (Nebraska) Wesleyan, for example. But if you add in our scholarships we’re well below Wesleyan, and frankly, we think we provide a better product.”
Scholarship amounts will increase for new students, but not current students, Schmidt said.
For sophomore Bailey Sloup, the cost of attending Doane raises concerns over the future, she said.
“I am just concerned about the fact that as a future educator, I will likely not make enough in one year to match the amount of money I spend at Doane,” Sloup said. “Lincoln Public Schools pay teachers around $44,000 for a year while I believe that Crete pays around $38,000 a year. Some schools do provide benefits of insurance and retirement, but still, that is money that I will not personally receive to pay back loans for an education that cost $45,000 a year.”
Schmidt said that the increase in tuition and fees and room and board creates a hardship on students and their families. She believes there is no clear solution to the problem, she said.
“I don’t have the solution for how much school costs. This is a national crisis that we have to deal with. I wish I could tell you it was different,” Schmidt said. “(Raising the price) is what we had to do to make the operation (Doane) continue. I think we all want that.”