Fort Lewis College tuition slated to increase for in-state students

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Fort Lewis College tuition slated to increase for in-state students

Nonresident tuition will remain flat
When Fort Lewis College in-state resident students return in the fall, they will be paying 8.6 percent higher tuition. FLC will continue to be the second least expensive school for residents, said Michele Peterson, associate vice president of finance and administration.
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Fort Lewis College tuition slated to increase for in-state students

When Fort Lewis College in-state resident students return in the fall, they will be paying 8.6 percent higher tuition. FLC will continue to be the second least expensive school for residents, said Michele Peterson, associate vice president of finance and administration.
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2016-17 freshman class will be larger

While Fort Lewis College still feels the effects from its enrollment dip that started in 2013-2014, it is looking forward to an increase of 2.7 percent in the incoming freshman class in August. And more students mean more tuition revenue – important for the college’s budget.
While some of that is attributable to the college’s engagement of Royall and Co. to conduct student outreach, it will require more analysis, Admissions Director Andy Burns said.
“Their campaign reached out to 40,000 students, but about 15,000 came from our college fairs and visits to high schools where they followed up,” he said. “It would be interesting to see how many of those students would have applied anyway. The remaining students who looked like they would be a good fit for Fort Lewis came through their research team.”
The contract with Royall began in January 2015. This year, the FLC had a full recruitment season with the enrollment-management consultant.
“Last year, we identified 141 students as coming through Royall,” Burns said, “and this year, 295 came from the Royall campaign.”
Burns is meeting with Royall personnel next week, but won’t know until the college’s budget is approved in June whether he will have money to contract with the company next year.
The FLC Budget Office has run numbers to determine the return on investment from this year’s contract, said Michele Peterson, associate vice president of finance and administration.
“The most conservative measure is an ROI of 162 percent for the fall 2015 class,” she said.
With those numbers, Burns said, he is “cautiously optimistic” the board will approve the funding for another year’s contract with Royall.
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