Differential tuition on the rise at many schools, according to report

Differential tuition – the practice of charging students varying fees depending on their major and other factors – is becoming more common, according to a new study cited by Inside Higher Ed.

The report was published by the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, and revealed that 143 public colleges are using differential tuition policies. For undergrads, these practices could mean differences in how much tuition they pay depending on what they're studying or how far along in their course they are.

According to the report, individuals studying business, nursing and engineering were the most likely to experience these practices. The difference in price for some majors can be as much as 10 percent, depending on a range of factors.

According to WTAW Talk Radio, officials at Texas A&M University are considering introducing a differential tuition policy. Full-time students enrolled in the school's College of Education and Human Development could face increases of $300 per semester, and part-time students might see hikes of $20 per credit hour.

When you're filling out college applications, make sure to ask the admissions officials at your prospective schools if they charge tuition on a differential basis before you make any decisions.

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