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Annual Tuition Update

January 10, 2018

Dear Butler Parents and Students,

The Butler University Board of Trustees has approved a tuition and fees increase of 3.25 percent and a room and board increase of 3 percent for the 2018–2019 academic year.

We want to assure you that Butler University is serious about 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, we do not take this decision lightly. We also believe, though, that investing in a Butler degree is well worth the cost. 

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

These efforts have been recognized, with U.S. News and World Report listing Butler among the top schools in the country when it comes to co-curricular programs that enhance the educational experience for students. That would not be possible without investing in outstanding people.

We provide financial aid to more than 95 percent of our students in the form of merit, need, and/or talent-based awards. We are committed to making a Butler education accessible to as many students as possible, and this increase, just as it does each year, will enable us to provide millions of additional dollars in scholarships next academic year.

We are committed to our ongoing investment in maintaining our existing facilities, infrastructure, and technology, while also investing in 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 they don't tell 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 named the Most Innovative School in the Midwest the past three years by U.S. News and World Report. 

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—64 percent of Butler grads say they like what they do each day and are motivated to achieve their goals. That compares to the national average of 54 percent. They receive a great education that prepares them to take their place in the world as leaders in their field.

Thank you for your investment in Butler. We pledge to continue to be transparent and responsible when it comes to your tuition dollars. Ultimately, you can be assured that a Butler education is worth the cost. 


Bruce Arick
Vice President for Finance and Administration