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Montclair State University Freezes Tuition and Fees

Institution responds to needs of students by keeping rates flat for 2020-2021 and offering a 12% discount for summer courses

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Trustees at Montclair State University voted today to freeze tuition, fees, and room-and-board rates for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year.

Montclair State will remain one of the most affordable public institutions in New Jersey. Tuition at the public research university will be $6,040.95 per semester for in-state, undergraduate students attending full time. The rate for out-of-state students will remain $10,020.90. Mandatory fees will also be frozen at $495.60 per semester.

Graduate tuition and fee rates for graduate programs will also remain flat. Out-of-state graduate students will also now pay the same rates as New Jersey residents.

In addition, summer 2021 tuition and fees for undergraduates will continue to be 12% lower than the fall and spring rates.

President Susan A. Cole said, “The Board of Trustees and I both feel strongly that, in the current very difficult economic environment, any increase in the costs of attendance would pose a hardship for many students. Although the pandemic has caused significant reductions to our revenues and increases to our expenses, including a substantial cut in State funding, it would not be responsible to ask our students to cover a continuing shift of the cost of public higher education from the state to families.”

Assuming that the State of New Jersey allows the campuses to reopen this fall under Stage 3 of the Governor’s plan, Montclair State will offer a range of in-person, online and hybrid classes to ensure that students have flexible options while allowing social distancing in classrooms and labs. Student services will be offered in person and also will continue to be provided remotely.

Fall classes will begin Tuesday, August 25, a week earlier than in previous years, and end a week earlier, on Monday, December 14, with no students returning to on-campus instruction following the Thanksgiving recess. The period after Thanksgiving will be limited to remotely delivered instruction, projects, and final exams. This change will significantly decrease the population density on campus at the time when respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus, typically become more active.

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