Rutgers University will offer scholarships to freshmen to offset the costs of a 60 percent increase in tuition that some students said surprised them, NJ Advance Media reported.
Tuition rates for some majors in the health professions were expected to jump to $552 per credit, up from $345 per credit. The administration said the increase was necessary to get the rates closer to the cost of similar professional programs. But some students complained that they did not receive enough notice about the change.
The university will offer students in the affected majors scholarships that will reduce the tuition increase to the same increase that other students are paying this year: 2.3 percent. About 90 students will be offered the scholarships.
The university said in a statement that despite its efforts to tell students about the change, it had become apparent that those efforts were “insufficient.”