Student Accounts

High Quality Education in 2014 - 2015

March 19, 2014

Dear Members of the Butler Community:

At its March 2014 meeting, the Butler University Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase of 3.75 percent for the 2014-2015 academic year, a room cost increase of 3.4 percent, and a board cost increase of 3.4 percent. This marks
the third straight year for a tuition increase of less than 4 percent, and our lowest room and board increase in the last 10 years.

Butler's board and senior leadership team take the decision to increase tuition very seriously. While striving to
maintain affordability, we must remain equally focused on achieving our Butler 2020 Vision as an innovative leader in the creation and delivery of transformative, student-centered learning experiences that prepare graduates to make a meaningful impact in the world. We are an institution that depends largely on tuition revenues and, at the same time, focuses on delivering a high-quality educational experience to our students. These modest increases help us maintain the financial flexibility to make important investments in our students, faculty and staff, programs, and facilities-all key drivers of our long-term success.

The University continues to support its students and families generously, with a 2014-2015 scholarships and grants
budget of $57 million-$2.7 million more than last year and an increase of $14.2 million over the last five years.

Butler's faculty forms the foundation of an engaging and high-quality experience for our students. Each year, we invest in this foundation through the promotion and tenure of faculty who have earned these distinctions through their exemplary
teaching, scholarship, and service to Butler University. Please watch for an email in the coming days from Provost Kate Morris to faculty and staff, which will announce and honor those who earned tenure and/or promotion this year.

Also critical to the advancement of our educational mission is the provision of superior campus amenities. We are particularly excited about the great strides we will make this year toward developing superior student-housing options. In
addition to finalizing tuition changes at its March meeting, the board approved the selection of American Campus Communities (ACC) as a long-term, strategic housing partner. ACC brings an enormous amount of experience and vision to our partnership, and we are excited to work with them to bring world-class housing options to Butler. Planning efforts are already under way and we remain optimistic that new facilities may be available as soon as fall 2016.

It is through these types of investments in our University that we will continue to increase the quality and prominence of a Butler education. Thank you for your support and your dedication to Butler University and, as always, I welcome your thoughts.

James M. Danko, President                                                                                                                                  Butler University