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Annual Tuition Update

January 22, 2019

Dear Butler Parents and Students,

The Butler University Board of Trustees approved new rates for the 2019-2020 academic year. A tuition increase of 3 percent, the lowest increase in more than 20 years, was accompanied by a 3.4 percent increase on room, and an estimated 3 percent increase on board pending a new food service contract that will be finalized this spring.

We want to assure you that Butler is committed to managing costs and providing access to a Butler education for all students. We recognize that a college education is a major investment, and because of that, this decision is made with great care. We also know that investing in a Butler degree is well worth the cost as proven by our current student contributions and those of our alumni.

The largest portion of our operating budget is dedicated to attracting and retaining exceptional faculty and staff. Investing in top-notch professionals, we believe, translates into high-quality academic programs, differentiating learning opportunities, and life-long relationships between students and professors.

These efforts have been recognized, with U.S. News and World Report naming Butler as the No. 1 Regional University in the Midwest. Butler was also ranked the No. 1 Most Innovative School among Midwest Regional Universities for the fourth straight year, as well as the top school for its commitment to undergraduate teaching. In fact, 80 percent of Butler graduates said their professors cared about them as a person, compared to the national average of 60 percent. Providing this kind of experience would not be possible without investing in outstanding people.

We also provide institutional aid to more than 95 percent of our students in the form of merit, need, and/or talent-based awards. Representing almost 30 percent of the University’s expenses, $78 million is dedicated to the financial aid budget. As we welcomed our largest first-year class in history this past fall, we remain committed to making a Butler education accessible and delivering on our promise of a quality undergraduate experience.

With a growing student body, a commitment to the student experience, and the investment in state-of-the-art facilities, we must continue to maintain our existing services, infrastructure, and technology, while also capitalizing on new opportunities. Although generous portions of these investments, such as new construction, are paid for through partnerships and fundraising efforts, we still continue to see escalating costs for operating, maintaining, and upgrading our campus—all of which is essential for a 21st century education.

And while the numbers tell part of the story, what is missing is the value returned. Butler students have ready access to their professors, superior facilities to live and study in, and are part of a University committed to pursuing priorities that set us apart.

Butler outcomes are top notch. Ninety-seven percent of Bulldogs are employed, or attending graduate school, within six months of graduation. But, more importantly, our graduates are engaged in work they truly care about—65 percent of Butler graduates say they like what they do each day, and are motivated to achieve their goals. That compares to the national average of 53 percent. They receive a great education that prepares them to take their place in the world as leaders in their field, and feel fulfilled.

Thank you for trusting us with providing the educational experience for your family member. We pledge to continue to be transparent and responsible when it comes to your investment.


Bruce Arick
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Butler University