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B-CU Announces 2018-2019 Tuition Increase, First in Eight Years


Across the nation the expense to educate students has been rising steadily due to associated costs such as utilities, campus safety and security, buildings and grounds maintenance and insurances. 

While this reality has existed, B-CU has not increased its tuition in the last eight years, even though most institutions have done so annually. This fall, a myriad of American colleges and universities have increased tuition by an average of 2.2% in response to the nation’s current economic conditions – in some cases as high as 10.2%, annually. Although these incremental changes might seem small, the compounded effect has led to tuition costs among private four-year institutions increasing by more than double what they were 30 years ago.

In order to improve our buying power and retain our competitive advantage in this current economic environment, effective fall 2018, the B-CU Board of Trustees, after careful analysis and consideration, has approved a tuition increase of 3% per credit hour for undergraduate students, excluding B-CU Global direct online and military students. In addition, residential meal plans will be increased by $250 per semester. 

Since 2013, the University cost of operations has increased by 15.48% per full time equivalent student. Therefore, this tuition increase, after eight years, represents a modest adjustment that is necessary to offset budgetary challenges and is considered reasonable in light of tuition increases at other institutions across the nation. 

The University has a number of available scholarships, grants, federal aid and work-study programs to assist students with the cost of tuition.  The University will continue to aggressively pursue external support for students from private and governmental sources and work diligently to keep education most affordable and accessible for our students. 

As a result of this increase students will notice, during the next academic year, value added gains in the following areas of service:

  • More streamlined and efficient financial aid packaging
  • Dedicated registration processes for undergraduate and graduate students separately
  • Enhanced campus safety 
  • Responsive communications systems including call center support services
  • Remodeled and updated facilities
  • Improved access to digital services


For more information contact, Student Accounts Services by e-mail, or via phone, 386-481-2507.

Office of Communications

Joy Jones
Director of Communications
PH: 386-481-2959
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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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