Mercer University tuition to increase by 2 percent

jmink@macon.comApril 19, 2013 

Tuition at Mercer University will increase 2 percent next academic year for undergraduate students, the lowest increase in decades, the school said.

Mercer’s board of trustees approved the increase Friday during its spring meeting, along with an average 2.9 percent tuition increase for professional and graduate programs. Law students will see no tuition increase next year, a news release stated. Next fiscal year’s budget, at $222 million, increased 5.7 percent compared to the current budget.

The board also approved a new university mission statement, which reads, “Mercer University’s mission is to teach, to learn, to create, to discover, to inspire, to empower and to serve.”

“The new mission statement captures the energy and vitality of today’s Mercer, acknowledges our growing commitment to research and service and embraces our continued grounding in our faith tradition,” Mercer President Bill Underwood said in the release.

The board also approved new majors and degree programs: a master of education in independent and charter school leadership, a master of science in rehabilitation counseling, a master of science in human services with a concentration on gerontology, a bachelor of music with elective studies, a new major in chemical commerce and a joint bachelor of science in technical communication and master of business administration program.

The board also approved a new Quality Enhancement Plan, which focuses on aligning service-based learning and research, and heard construction plans for the third phase of the Lofts at Mercer Village.

The project, which will be on College Street between Centenary United Methodist Church and Alexander II Magnet School, will house 111 Mercer students and will not include retail establishments.

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.

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