Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester announced last month the private school is lowering the sticker price of on-campus tuition by two-thirds, making it more affordable than many public colleges.
“What we’ve known for a long time is that we were increasingly out of reach — financial reach — of the families that we like to serve,” SNHU President Paul LeBlanc told WGBH News. Net tuition will be zero for first-year students taking some or all of their classes online, even if they are living on campus come September.
“If you’re willing to come and take gen ed courses in a hybrid model, we’ll lower your tuition to $10,000 and we’re going to give you a 100 percent scholarship so there’s no risk to you,” LeBlanc said, adding that it wasn’t a hard decision to make. “Honestly, we have a lot of work to figure out how to get our tuition from $31,000 to $10,000, but as soon as we thought of the incoming students, we thought, ‘No, we’ve got to do this.’”